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Hearthware Precision Roaster - Ed Gianni's Review
Posted: March 24, 2001, 3:10pm
review rating: 7.7
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Java Man (Espressopithecus) 9.00
Richard Floch 9.00
Ken Wilson 9.00
Kevin Morgan 8.80
Bruce Harlick 8.53

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 10.0
Manufacturer: Hearthware Quality: 10
Average Price: $120.00 Usability: 10
Price Paid: $0.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 1 month Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: n/a
Similar Items Owned: Not entered
Bottom Line: Is this fun or what!? And virtually Idiotproof.
Positive Product Points

Easy to operate
The chaff collector
Very little smoke
Small batches makes for fun experiments

Negative Product Points

It could be a little quieter so I don't have to strain to hear second crack.

Detailed Commentary

$121 got me the HWP and 4 lb sampler from Sweetmarias.com about two months ago.  It is truly fun to roast coffee with this thing.  It is my first and only coffee roasting experience.  I decided after looking at all the alternatives, I needed the simplest method.  And it certainly is! I just set it on the stove under the outside exhausting range hood running, pour in the beans, put the lid on with care, set it and go.  I generally roast by watching the color and listening to the cracks.  If it looks done the way I want it before it goes off automatically, I just hit the cool cycle button.  If it goes into the cool cycle before it is where I want it, I just turn the dial up a bit and hit the roast button again.  I do have to strain to hear second crack, what with the sound produced by the roaster and the range hood fan, but it isn't too bad.  Anyway, I find that going a little long or short doesn't do any damage. With this setup I have never actully seen any smoke, although I've smelled it.

For those who need to roast lots of coffee at a time, it might be more time consuming than you might like.  But for me who is the sole coffee drinker in the house it is ideal.  The great part about the small 3 oz batches is it lets me experiment with a variety of coffees without having to do a lot of roasting at a time.  I'll do four roasts of four varieties at a time.  I can also easily experiment with post-roast blending as well.

Even if this thing breaks down after a year, it will have been worth it.  But so far after about 40 3 oz batches it has operated flawlessly.  I'd buy another.

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