Re: Behmor 1600 Has this died a death?
- From: Flasherly <gjerrell@xxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2008 19:51:46 -0800 (PST)
On Jan 16, 3:26 pm, Lloyd Parsons <lloydpars...@xxxxxxx> wrote:
TSX <tery...@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Jan 16, 7:45 pm, George M. Middius <cmndr _ george @ comcast .
If you go to SM's its not listed when you search "Home Roasters"
It is featured on the main page though. The link is cleverly disguised to
throw off English-speaking shoppers: "Behmor Drum coffee roaster". Once
you've cleared that hurdle and found the link, you can then take full the
adventure by actually clicking it. (If you're still at a loss, here's the
URL for the Behmor page: <http://www.sweetmarias.com/prod.behmor.shtml>.)
On this page, you'll be confronted with the ominous "under construction"
warning. Despite the warning, they have 5 pages of info on the roaster..
Are you adventurous enough to spend the big bucks for a version 1.0
roaster? I'm not. <G>
Hi GI know its there, just not easy to find
What I want is to see is opinions of people who've bought it, not a
sales pitch from someone wanting me to buy
I was all set to buy a Hottop, but the programmable one is £650 while
the old one £350 these are both + 17.5% tax plus carriage. Which made
me wonder what's the difference between them for £300 + tax or nearly
double the price. Who's ripping who off?
I don't think anyone is ripping anyone off. the Hottop, Gene and Behmor
all have good reasons to be where they are in the market.
I can't speak on the Hottop much because I have no first hand
experience, but I can talk just a bit about the Gene and Behmor.
The Gene Cafe is a very versatile 1/2 lb roaster. You can do almost any
kind of roast and adjust time and temp all throughout the roast. But
you have to watch and tend it to get it just right. And repeatability
is there, but it is all manual. Some complain about the long cooldown,
although I've not found that to be an issue. It does need venting as it
does produce a fair amount of smoke.
The Behmor is a somewhat less versatile 1 lb roaster, for an extremely
attractive price. While you can get the roasts you want, it takes some
experimenting and a real possibility of screwing a roast up. That is
because of the lesser flexibility of controls, and the manual's poor
writeup. Venting is literally at your choice as the 'afterburner' does
a pretty darn good job of getting rid of smoke and most odor. This said
after 2 roast. One to City+ the second to FC+, both 1/2 lb loads. I
will be doing a 1 lb load this aftenoon and a run of SM's Classic
Italian Blend. The 1 lb will be to FC, the SM stuff to FC+ or Light
Vienna, depending on how good I am...
Keep in mind, I just got it today, so I am still very much in the
experimenting stage. This is not a review, nor is it a recommendation,
it is simply a very early posting about a newly acquired product.
Hmm... Wonder if I got enough weasel words in there? Where's Flasherly
when you need him!!! <G>
Grinder, roaster, espresso machine, all effectively a row,
perpendicular and directly adjacent to the range top and hood.
Limited counter space in front of them, not to mention that three
FreshRoasts is probably within range of the price of a Behmor, sans a
couple Walmart $2 on/off switches to override FreshRoast default auto-
burn control timer. Even then, these are going to be "bright"
roasts. After tasting Illy espresso coffee, listening to a podcast
and hearing him talk about roast characteristics, I didn't miss the
emphasis on 12-minute roasts -- where I'm going to be somewhat bright
on flavor notes. Vacuum can of Illy I had (packaged with a Gaggia
Carezza), stood my socks up and curled my toes. I'm still working on
longer roasts, though. Smaller batches are OK now, whereas I used to
want to do more, the main difference being it's optionally within
means to speed or slow roasts since having replaced the FreshRoast
timer with simple switches. Doubt it take long to get into the swing
of the Behmor. Have fun.
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