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Zach and Dani's Roaster - Bruce Weir's Review
Posted: January 27, 2006, 9:30pm
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Barry Stewart 9.00
Jeff Sheltren 9.00
Mark Palumbo 8.75
Stanley Zolenski 8.71
Mike Schwer 8.67

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.2
Manufacturer: Zach & Dani's LLC Quality: 8
Average Price: $150.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $125.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: Green Beanery Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 6 months Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I like coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: Nice to see something that delivers as advertised.
Positive Product Points

Actually is smokeless
Great light roasts
Simple operation

Negative Product Points

Tricky with dark roasts - Is it the machine or me? - since I am writing this we will assume machine.

Detailed Commentary

I have put this thing through its paces.  Have roasted almost 25 lbs in the five months since I bought it.  I have to roast for the morning, then the espresso's through the day and a decaf for us before bed time so it gets its work.

First I have found it very consistent once I got a scale and have been careful to go 4 oz for my light to full city roasts, and 3.25 for my espresso blends.  It (as I gather all machines are) is sensitive to power supply.  I had two roasts one day where I couldn't get it to even a first crack without going into 20+ minutes of roasting - ended up baking the beans.  When I checked my voltage I noticed we were down around 112 volts, so a Variac may be in the future.

It really is smokeless.  We are in a condo with a really sensitive fire alarm - (even a grilled cheese has set it off) and I have never set it off yet.

Light to city roasts are almost a no brainer with this and produce excellent cups.  Dark roasts that are quite acceptable can be achieved but it takes a bit of experimenting with bean selection, time and preheat.  

Try pulling the glass container 20 or so seconds into the cooling cycle and cool with a collander and fan (I use the exhaust from our range hood - cools the beans in less than two minutes) - I think the glass container and metal base retain too much heat and hence the roasting cycle isn't stopped as quickly as it should be.
Overall though I am really pleased.

Buying Experience

Green Beanery is a pleasure to work with.  Great selection of beans and terrific service.  I read that Zach and Dani's are great for customer support, haven't needed to test them

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