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Behmor 1600 Roaster - Ash Furrow's Review
Posted: October 29, 2010, 7:49pm
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Karl Denninger 8.89
Al Smith 8.76
Jerry Kalpin 8.50
Endo Smith 8.50
John Walker 8.33

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.0
Manufacturer: Behmor Quality: 10
Average Price: $299.00 Usability: 7
Price Paid: $300.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Green Beanery Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 1 month Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: i-Roast 2
Bottom Line: Awesome value for an awesome price. A great option for home-roasters.
Positive Product Points

- Very little smoke
- Large roast capacity
- Awesome value for the price
- Consistent roast

Negative Product Points

- Smell is worse than smoke from other roasters
- Still sets off my smoke detector (unless I use under my range hood)
- Lacks precision on roasting / need to use with manual in hand

Detailed Commentary

I got this after being very dissatisfied with the i-Roast 2's overheating issues and lack of capacity. I also roast in my apartment, and heard it's good for smoke reduction. My i-Roast 2 would always set off my smoke detector, so I had high hopes. The only issue I heard about it was an inability to get a dark roast, but I'm not really into dark roasts, so I did not anticipate any problems.

The smoke reduction really works, but produces a rancid smell that is, in my opinion, less favourable than the smoke. Despite the lack of smoke, this sets off my smoke detectors unless I run it under my range hood. You can't really use this inside without a proper ventilation system.

The real value here is that you get a good, consistent roast with a higher volume of beans than other home roasters. I use about 3/4 pounds a week, so doing one batch on the weekend is a lot better than several throughout the week.

Buying Experience

The Green Beanery was, as always, super-easy to deal with. Quick shipping, and it included the updated drum and chafe collector. Also came with a $50 "coffee credit", which I quickly applied to more beans :)

Three Month Followup

Works well - have a hard time doing a dark roast for a relative of mine for Christmas, but I'm not interested in that for myself, so I'm happy.

One Year Followup

Still happily using the Behmor! I found it hard to get a proper roast, so I cheat a little and do maybe 3/4 of a pound at once on the full pound setting. It's actually getting annoying. I've moved, so I have to roast outside every time. The temperature is changing and it's making it hard to get consistent results. I'm looking into some sort of ventilation now.

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