I am contemplating buying a coffee roaster. I welcome your recommendations. The selection of roasted decaf beans here in Canada is limited/poor, and quality is hit and miss, so roasting my own would improve my access to beans that I might like.
I did (some years ago) have a Behmor and encountered numerous roasting success challenges, to the extent that I eventually sold the machine.
My main challenge is that I am quite hard of hearing, such that I (with the Behmor) I couldn’t hear the first or 2nd crack, above the noise of the drum motor and fan, even with a microphone placed outside the unit (and an equalizer to filter out extraneous noise). I had few roasts that I could call tasty.
My second challenge is our cold climate. The Behmor produced some extend of coffee roasting exhaust and associated smells. This was acceptable in the summer, as I roasted coffee outside, on the deck of my cottage. However my wife would not likely tolerate that odor indoors. Positioning the unit on our stove top, beneath our unvented kitchen stove fan, would not be a viable option with her. So this needs to be a basement located operation, with no migration of any odor into the house. So the machine needs to have some kind of air cleaner or alternatively an air exhaust that I can easily duct to the outside. My wife drinks Kurig coffee; so my Lelit, NZ and accessories are viewed as consuming kitchen counter space. I think that you may get my drift about this.
Hopefully roasting technology has paralleled the “prosumer” trend in espresso machines, such that there are products available that meet the following needs:
- machine detection of first and second crack
- machine monitoring of temperature within the heart of the bean load (centre of the load/mass)
- good rotation of beans
- Bluetooth connection to a PC, that controls the entire roasting process using a temperature/time/airflow recipe that I input
- automatic logging of roast data, downloadable to a spreadsheet
- ability to upload roast profiles received from others
- low or no odor
- Reliable (solid build)
- Readily available parts
- Able to roast 1 kg (ie 2 pounds)
- Max $1,000 Cdn, hopefully much less