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Hearthware Gourmet Roaster - JP Cordill's Review
Posted: September 3, 2001, 1:56pm
review rating: 7.0
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Hearthware Gourmet Roaster
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Mark Farris 9.33
Glenn R. Holmes 9.00
Jesse Imbach 8.75
Will Hullinger 8.00
Mark Fletcher 8.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.0
Manufacturer: Hearthware Quality: 6
Average Price: $100.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $0.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 1 month Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: Professional Would Buy Again: n/a
Similar Items Owned: Not entered
Bottom Line: Good roaster for a very small volume household
Positive Product Points

Produces a very even roast.  I like being able to clean the glass bowl, as opposed to my poppers.  The ocassional cleaning results in much less smoke.

Negative Product Points

It is very loud, making it a little harder to hear the cracks than with my poppers.  The "on" light is worthless--it should be indicating when the heating element is on, rather than just when the machine is on.

Detailed Commentary

I bought one of the $45 Gourmets from HW. I have to admit that, due to the large number of failures I have read about at alt.coffee, I really do expect it not to work each time I turn it on.  However, it has worked very consistently through about 40 roasts, without any indication of problems.  

If Im roasting several batches of the same variety, I can usually figure out the appropriate setting after the first couple of roasts, and I dont have to monitor the cracks after that.  Of course, this changes if Im in a new roasting session, or if I change variety.

I expect that, if it survives, it will become my backup roaster, and I will still use my popper as the primary roaster--the popper is much more efficient in roasting multiple batches (we use between 3 and 4 pounds per week).

I am very pleased with the roaster so far.  I would not have purchased it at the original retail price, but it is worth the risk of getting a "bad" one at the $45 price.

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