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
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.
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.