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I am new to the forum but not to good coffee! So hello everybody and thanks for allowing me to join! I am a very keen home roaster and have recently bought a Behmor 1600 from Steve at HasBean. I started roasting in the oven. I then progressed to a FreshRoast which was fine until it fell to bits. I then bought an iRoast which I really loved except that the old models forgot all your programming as soon as it was unplugged. Wanting to roast in larger quantities I then bough tan Alpenroast but hated it! Too much smoke (neighbours called the fire brigade when I was roasting in my garage) and a real bugger to clean. I could never recommend it.. I love the Behmor and find I can roast really dark (with just a glisten on the beans). Excellent! I have recently replaced my old, old Stainless-steel Pavoni Eurobar which I have had for twenty years with a spanking new Isomac Tea II and I am enjoying getting grips with my first HX machine. I currently have about a dozen different green beans in stock and like to make my own blends. I often add a small amount of robusta to help the crema along. My brother's brother-in-law works for the UN in Sudan and I have just been given a big bag of Sudanese green beans. I particularly like both African and Asian beans roasted dark for Espresso. If I can emulate Steve Leighton's Toba Sulawesi Espresso Blend then I shall be a perpetually happy man!!! I also have a HandPresso which allows me have a decent coffee whenever I am away. Add to that various stovetop Espresso makers and you'll start to build up a picture. Glad to be here on this non-US coffee forum, David
I've got my eye on a cheap, second hand home roaster, the iRoast 2. I've read reviews and, while being a good roaster, it's obscenely hard to use, but it's next competitor is £200 more than this is going for. Anyone else roast at home? Any tips or tricks, or horror stories about the iRoast? Love ya, Seamus