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tonini
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Joined: 22 Jan 2013
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Location: GTA, Ontario, Canada
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Silvia V3
Grinder: HG One
Posted Sun Feb 10, 2013, 10:17am
Subject: First Roaster Advice
 

I officially have had my espresso machine and grinder for a short while now. I do not regret this purchase by any means but roasting is catching my interest. I understand you can roast coffee with certain hot air popcorn poppers. I have not been able to find this poppers near me and when I go to purchase online from the United States the shipping is just too much to want to do so. I have looked at different roasters online like the Behmor 1600, Fresh Roast RS 500 I think it's called and Nesco. Which is my best option for starting out? I just would love to make an informed purchase. I don't quite understand everything about roasters. I try to read about them everyday but I just don't quite feel like I understand enough about them to decide which is the best route. Thanks for your help everyone, I love this forum. Prior to really wanting to get in to espresso, I have joined a variety of forums for cars. Not one forum was near as enjoyable as this forum or helpful. The coffee community is incredible!
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Burner0000
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Joined: 28 Jul 2011
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Location: Cambridge, Ontario Canada
Expertise: Professional

Espresso: Rancilio Silvia, VFA Expres...
Grinder: Macap MX/VFA N1464/Kyocera...
Drip: Manual Drip, French Press
Roaster: Behmor 1600 / Sonofresco
Posted Sun Feb 10, 2013, 10:56am
Subject: Re: First Roaster Advice
 

A great start would be a new or used Behmor 1600. Used you can find around the $200 range.  I have done a ton of research on all of the home roasters out there because I was in the same boat as you a while ago.  Here are the top 3 roasters overall IMO.  The Behmor is cheap, can roast 1/4 (popper amount) - 1lb and its press and play roasting.  It also forces you to learn how to roast by sight and smell.  It's also so affordable.  The Hottop and Quest M3 are amazing from what I read but they are a lot more expensive and for more advanced users.  

My advice is start with the Behmor 1600. I promise you won't regret it.  

Behmor 1600 $200-$350 1/4-1lb roasts

Hottop Roaster $900-$1,000 1/2 lb roasts

Quest M3 $1,300-$1,500 1/4-1lb roasts I think?
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tonini
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Location: GTA, Ontario, Canada
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Silvia V3
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Posted Sun Feb 10, 2013, 2:29pm
Subject: Re: First Roaster Advice
 

Thanks for your help. I shall try to track a used Behmor. New ones where I live in Canada are around $379.
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Burner0000
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Location: Cambridge, Ontario Canada
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Drip: Manual Drip, French Press
Roaster: Behmor 1600 / Sonofresco
Posted Mon Feb 11, 2013, 7:54am
Subject: Re: First Roaster Advice
 

I live in Canada also.  Keep your eye on the Buy/Sell forum here. I found mine for $200 here. :) $379 tho for a 1lb roaster is a great deal.

For $380 incl shipping via UPS you can get one from Sweetmarias. It's a starter kit that comes with 8lb of free green coffee.
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Location: Seattle
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Posted Thu Feb 14, 2013, 9:20pm
Subject: Re: First Roaster Advice
 

Behmor home coffee roaster is simple and easy to use. For a beginner like you, it is ideal to have it. You can roast your own coffee once a week for the family, office, or for your gift to your friends. It is affordable up to $299 which is half the cost of other coffee roaster in the market. But be sure you live in 120volts country because the adaptor won’t work.

 
Did you know...? Dark roast coffees actually have less caffeine than lighter roasts due to the fact that the process of roasting burns off caffeine.
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Larryh86GT
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Joined: 18 Jul 2009
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Location: Buffalo NY
Expertise: I like coffee

Grinder: Capresso Infinity
Drip: Mr Coffee
Roaster: 63RPM 5lb BBQ drum
Posted Fri Feb 15, 2013, 11:02am
Subject: Re: First Roaster Advice
 

My first roaster was a SS bowl with a heatgun on the grill - just too much work and the quality was lacking.
Next up was a Nesco roaster - the roast amount was too small to my liking.
I finally went to a 5 lb drum roaster - just right!
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