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Hearthware Gourmet Roaster - Mark Fletcher's Review
Posted: December 26, 2003, 12:48pm
review rating: 8.0
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Hearthware Gourmet Roaster
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
Name Ranking
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: 8.4
Manufacturer: Hearthware Quality: 7
Average Price: $100.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $60.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Sweet Maria's Aesthetics 7
Owned for: 2 years Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: popper, Alp
Bottom Line: With a few mods, the best pound for pound roaster that money can buy
Positive Product Points

With a few mods, the best pound for pound roaster that money can buy
Large capacity
Great cooling cycle
Roasts beans of all sizes

Negative Product Points

Noise
Unreliable power relay

Detailed Commentary

I have been roasting coffee for several years now. I started with a popper, moved up to a HWG a couple of years ago and last year I went all out and got an ALP.

The HWG is my most used roaster by far…. I have roasted ~50lb’s of coffee in this machine and it is still going strong.

First, anybody that has or wants an HWG should read Dung Truongs’ PDF on how to supercharge your HWG (google will find it).

My setup is a little different than most. I roast outdoors with the top off (Chaf clogged the screen and restricted the airflow too much). I bought a $5 BBQ thermometer at Home Depot, which has a clip that attaches to the glass chamber. I plug the unit into a 5A variac (with a 15 amp fuse) that I got from coffeebeancorral. I set the variac at ~95V and the timer at 15. These setting provide a profile very close to the “hottop” standard (3 min to 300, 8 min to 400, finish 1 to 5 depending on roast). When the temp approaches 400 and or 10 minutes, I crank the voltage up to 120/130 and finish the roast quickly depending on roast level. I usually roast ONE CUP of green beans with this arrangement (I have made the Dung Truong mods).

The power relay went out after about a year. I simply bypassed the relay with a 20A switch from the depot (~$3). I drilled a ½” hole on the side to mount the switch. This provides a way to remove heat and run an extended cooling cycle. The timer will still cut the heat off for the last 3 minutes of the roast cycle as well. I have seen another recommendation on alt.coffee that I will post here (I have not tried this…yet).

Thanks to Jeff C. on alt.coffee
If anyone out there is having problems with the relay on their
Hearthware Gourmet, I've found what seems to be an acceptable
substitute for the original equipment part. It's an Omron
G2R-1-E-DC12. The part from Digikey (www.digikey.com) is $3.48
(Digikey part number Z848-ND).
Thanks to Jeff C. on alt.coffee

The reason that this roaster gets used more is because it can roast all sizes of beans (which the Alp cannot). My current favorite is Yemen Mocha and other small bean coffees, all of which gets caught in the drum on the Alp.

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