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Caffe Rosto Coffee Roaster - Herb Abrams's Review
Posted: June 25, 2002, 8:38am
review rating: 6.8
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C Becker 8.60
Dane Latham 8.00
McKenna Ross 7.63
E M Long 7.62
Deward Hastings 7.43

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.0
Manufacturer: Brightway Quality: 9
Average Price: $150.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $129.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: SweetMarias.com Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 6 months Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: Advanced Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned:
Bottom Line: I'm very happy, no interest in the other home roasters.
Positive Product Points

Sturdy, reliable, consistent , and does the job.

Negative Product Points

Two things worth mentioning:  Primitive timer and too noisy to roast by listening for the cracks.

Detailed Commentary

After roasting 25 batches with the Caffe Rosto, I can both recommend it highly and add a few tips to what you will find in the directions.

For some reason the CaffeRosto does not get the amount of attention it deserves.  I read the complaints others have with the other home roasters and I wonder why they struggle so much.  

I have roasted a wide variety of beans from all varieties and I get controllable, reliable results.  The roast is slow, from 11 to 15 minutes depending on bean size and degree of roast.  My preference is for a dark roast with the first hint of oil.  This is easy to achieve, as the glass lid gives me a good view and the slow roast gives me a window of perhaps 30 seconds during which I can stop and get my desired roast.

The noise makes it impractical to use the crack sounds as a guide.  Smoke is also unreliable as each batch has a different amount of chaff and the fan blows out the smoke quite well.  I use an in-window exhaust fan ($20 at the hardware store) a few feet away and my smoke alarm remains silent.

By setting the CaffeRosto on a waist-height table, I get a good view in from above at the roasting beans.  It is also closer to the electrical outlet and avoids the need for an extension cord.  

I always roast exactly 150g of green beans.  That is also 1/3 pound so I consume the various beans without leftovers.  I also recommend cleaning out the chaff thoroughly after every roasting.  This contributes to predictable functioning of the roaster.  Take the CaffeRosto to the kitchen sink and brush out the chaff while holding the unit upside down.

In most cases, I need to turn back the timer during the roast to add a couple minutes to the maximum timer setting.  One should use a separate timer to control overall roast time if this is of interest.  The mechanical timer doesn't seem all that accurate.  Personally, I watch for the first hint of oil to stop the roast, but the color development is quite visible and also a reliable indicator.

This is my first and only home roasting appliance, and I can recommend it to others, experienced or otherwise.  I can't see the appeal of the upcoming HotTop roaster which will be much more expensive and roasts only a 1/2 lb.  Too much freshly roasted coffee sitting around defeats the whole purpose of home roasting.

Buying Experience

Sweet Marias delivered promptly with a useful sample selection.  Brightway, the manufacturer responded to an emailed question about voltage the same day with helpful advice.

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