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Hearthware i-Roast 2 - Steve Arrigotti's Review
Posted: January 15, 2008, 3:16pm
review rating: 6.0
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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: 8.8
Manufacturer: Hearthware Quality: 9
Average Price: $149.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $179.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: Burman Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 3 months Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I like coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Zack & Dani's
Bottom Line: Why pay more when The I Roast2 does the job?
Positive Product Points

Works as advertised.
Easy to clean.
Programable.
Good value for the price.

Negative Product Points

Noise. My Z & D roaster was not as noisy because the fan had less power.
Programming can be confusing until you get the hang of it.

Detailed Commentary

I bought this to replace my Z&D roaster that I paid $5 at a thrift shop and It lasted about 1.5 years. Although I was very happy with the Z&D roaster I changed to the I Roast2 because  I felt it had better reviews, offered more options and the costs were about the same.

I was told and I now know it to be true that the I Roast2 would produce a different roast than the Z&D roaster. It's like apples and oranges,  the I Roast2 roasts taste totaly different using the same green bean that had been my  favorite.  The I Roast2 roasting times are much shorter and MUST be watched to keep from producing charcoal. This machine gets hot quickly and I am still trying to find the "best" time/temp cycle. I have to note that I have no my voltage loss to my power outlets and the line voltage at the receptacle is 120v. If you have voltage loses you will have longer roasting times.

The I Roast2 does produce even roasts and I find that increasing the "rest" time to a minimum of 3 days yields better tasting expresso.  As with any new appliance it will take some experimentation to dial in what's best.  I roast until the "color" looks right as I have difficulty hearing the cracks.  I have to write that the  I Roast2 started out giving me a good cup and now is giving me a very good cup as I continue to learn.

Buying Experience

Purchased from Burman with no hitches,  great service and several pounds of green beans included in the price.

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