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Hearthware i-Roast 2 - Darshan-Josiah Barber's Review
Posted: March 28, 2009, 10:23pm
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Hearthware i-Roast 2 Coffee Roaster
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Arrow The Hearthware i-Roast 2 has 29 Reviews
Arrow The Hearthware i-Roast 2 has been rated 6.74 overall by our member reviewers
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Gino Magnotta 9.33
Mark Wathne 8.00
Paul Wood 8.00
Jeffrey Portman 8.00
Jules Gobeil 8.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 4.8
Manufacturer: Hearthware Quality: 4
Average Price: $149.00 Usability: 7
Price Paid: $179.99 Cost vs. Value 2
Where Bought: Sweet Maria's Aesthetics 7
Owned for: 2 years Overall 4
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: No
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Bottom Line: I'd suggest passing on the i-Roast 2 and using a popper until you're ready to upgrade to a drum roaster.
Positive Product Points

For a first roaster, it's fun and easy, and more affordable than a drum roaster
Very little smoke
Programmable roast curves

Negative Product Points

Very loud, making it somewhat difficult to hear first crack and impossible (for me, anyway) to hear second crack
No control of the roast curve during the roast, other than being able to end the roast by entering cool down mode
You can't look at the curves you've programmed in and saved be sure to write them down in a safe place for future reference!
Inconsistent results very sensitive to voltage and ambient temperature variations.  You can control the former with a variac (at a sizable extra cost), but controlling the latter can be hard depending on your situation.

Detailed Commentary

This was my first roaster.  I had it for almost two years before upgrading to a drum roaster.  I sometimes got some very good batches out of it, but the majority were mediocre.  I always thought it was just a matter of developing my skills as a roaster, but after a few batches with my new HotTop, I now realize the machine makes all the difference.

You'll eventually want to upgrade, so you might want to consider jumping straight to a "real" roaster.  If I were to do it over again, I'd bite the bullet and get a HotTop from the get-go.  (Of course, hindsight is 20/20...)  My guess is that a popcorn popper will give you about the same quality and consistency as the i-Roast 2 (I haven't tried the popper method).  That would certainly be a more affordable way to get a feel for home roasting before you decide whether to get drum roaster.

Buying Experience

Sweet Maria's, as always, was a great retailer to buy from.  The product arrived swiftly.

Three Month Followup

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One Year Followup

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