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Hello from Downers Grove, IL
I'm Frank, I've been an espresso addict since a trip to Italy in 1985. I came home and boy was it hard to find a decent espresso. Really glad when Starbucks popped up on every corner. I didn't get tired of them until I started home roasting.
I use a Rancilio Silvia w/Rocky grinder. Nice rock solid machine. I do all my own maintenance. I installed a PID and a silicone tank blanket a few years ago.
I started home roasting after some of my friends started doing it and shared their coffee with me. I'm guessing around 2008.
I currently roast with a Gene Cafe roaster; I'm on batch 1130 now.
I'm looking to upgrade to another roaster soon, I'll post to the roast forum to get input from the group.

Nice to be here,
Big welcome to HRO Frank! You've come to the right place for feedback on roasters especially if you end up with a complete ground up build or anything in between that and a consumer or commercial model.
Glad to have you on board!

1/2 lb and 1 lb drum, Siemens Sirocco fluidbed, presspot, chemex, cajun biggin brewer from the backwoods of Louisiana
Thanks Allen!
I am looking to buy a new roaster, I just posted a new thread.

Rancilio Silvia w/Rocky
Gene Cafe roaster
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