I saw this roaster when browsing the web because i am looking to upgrade roasters. im currently using a gene cafe and a swissmar alp.
I have yet to find a bad review about someone who has used it. However, I am wary of spending 1000$ on a roaster that looks pretty primitive in terms of it being a steel drum, rotisserie oven, and a fan.
Btw, i am looking at the JavaPro-Crc 5Lb. commercial w/ PID
Is this also how commercial drum roasters roast beans?
I am basically looking for the negatives of the roasters vs the positives which i have already seen (to some extent)
I am also open to any advice in the direction of another roaster within the same price range of $800-1500 that can roast at least two pound if not more.
oldgearhead Senior Member Joined: 25 Jan 2010 Posts: 398 Location: Go Colts! Expertise: I like coffee
Grinder: Virtuoso by Baratza Drip: Chemex,Dilongi DCM900 Roaster: 1/2K Fluid-bed
Posted Sat Jul 21, 2012, 7:54am Subject: Re: Looking for Info on JavaPro Crc
I have five thoughts: 1) None of the commercial roasters, I know, use this roaster. They use gas. 2) Len (CRC) is a good engineer with vast coffee roasting knowledge. 4) My 500 gram, 1500 watt, electric,one-pound, home-built, fluid-bed cost me $510 + several hours of labor.. 5) Two to five pound for under 1K USD = gas BBQ/drum.
I did a lot of research on commercial roasters before getting the IR-1. The problem with the Toper Cafemino is that it has no heat control for gas or the electric version. The problem with the IR-1 nowadays is the price increase, costs as much as the IR-2.5.
If your intention is to sell roasts then I recommend going bigger then a 1kg machine, 6.6 pounds of green per hour is a lot of work for very little return. Excellent size for personal use or profiling when paired with a larger machine.
BTW I love my Ir-1, I can produce all the coffe my house needs plus take care of friends and family.
Posted Thu Aug 2, 2012, 10:21am Subject: Re: Looking for Info on JavaPro Crc
The Hand Cranked Roaster might be worth looking into. I've had some communication with a customer of Lloyd (builder in DFW) who's selling at a market. You can find it on YouTube; it's all carbon steel and heavy, uses a propane burner underneath and has no motor (can be modded with a motor). He sells on eBay and is in your price range; it's a part time thing for Lloyd and he only sells a few every year. On Ebay he's "lloyddster".
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