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JETROASTER
Welcome Steve! Looking forward to your first roasts. -Scott
 
ciel-007
Welcome Steve, I'm sure that you will enjoy the company here at HRO. I see that you're brewing with an Expobar. How good are those pulls?
Ciel... seeking Heaven in my cup with ................................................................................................................. EXPOBAR Brewtus II - MAZZER Mini E - MAHLK´┐ŻNIG Vario - GeneCafe - RAF-1 Extreme (Modified B-2 HOTTOP) - BellaTaiwan XJ-101
 
sterolon
Thanks Freshbeans and Ciel!!!

Ciel... I love my Expobar! I'm getting fantastic pulls from it. I'm looking to step up from my Office Control and I'm strongly considering the Brewtus II...how do you like it so far? Would you buy it again or would you consider something else? If something else, what machine? Thanks!!!
 
ciel-007

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sterolon wrote:

... I'm strongly considering the Brewtus II...how do you like it so far...


I did a lot of legwork before finally deciding on the Brewtus II. I have had it for several years now, and I am still blown away (and so are my frequent guests) by the excellence of its pulls. It is my favorite appliance in the house (? well perhaps with the potential exception of my recent acquisition? a HotTop roaster). As far as I can tell, the current model is the Brewtus IV.
http://www.wholel...brew_4.cfm
Ciel... seeking Heaven in my cup with ................................................................................................................. EXPOBAR Brewtus II - MAZZER Mini E - MAHLK´┐ŻNIG Vario - GeneCafe - RAF-1 Extreme (Modified B-2 HOTTOP) - BellaTaiwan XJ-101
 
oldgrumpus
Hey All!

Instead of having a hand where my right hand SHOULD be, I have a mug. I drink coffee all day long most every day. Only roasted about 30lbs total to this point, but soon that will change as I build my own roaster.

My day job is building museum exhibits. Those who do this sort of work are typically "type A" fussy perfectionists.... over-the-top nut-jobs. I'm proud to say I'm the worst. But wait! There's an outlet for me! Espresso, roasting coffee, the search for the perfect cup, etc. It's all good.

Thanks for the forum. It's pure therapy for folks like me!

Ralph
Clever Coffee Dripper
Grinder: Macap M4
Roaster: Completed drum roaster project photos shown here:
Photos https://goo.gl/ph...Da6K4wfqw5
Videos https://www.youtu...Bd1NrdpSUH
 
JETROASTER
Hello "over the top nut-job" (Ralph/ oldgrumpus)

You have found the right place. Welcome aboard! -Scott
 
John Despres
Welcome, Ralph!

I can't wait to see a video of your roaster!

I design and build scenery as well as museum displays/exhibits. Where do you ply your trade? I'm in West Michigan.

JD
Edited by John Despres on 07/30/2012 2:54 PM
Respect the bean.
John Despres
Fresh Roast 8, Gene Cafe, JYTT 1k, Quest M3, Mazzer Mini, Technivorm, various size presses and many more brewers.
 
oldgrumpus
Thanks for the warm welcome John! I work in Seattle.

Scott, Thanks for the new moniker! Love it.
Clever Coffee Dripper
Grinder: Macap M4
Roaster: Completed drum roaster project photos shown here:
Photos https://goo.gl/ph...Da6K4wfqw5
Videos https://www.youtu...Bd1NrdpSUH
 
kohi_kudasai
Hello. I am Jim and I am a coffee addict. It started innocently enough in the Navy. Then it was on to instant coffee, ground coffee, roasted beans, and now I have ordered green coffee beans. I'm getting in deeper and deeper. My wife caught me opening and smelling the coffee beans this afternoon. I felt so dirty. She thought I had quit. I didn't tell her about the green coffee beans on order. The mailman must think I am getting fresh since I walk out to the road each day to intercept the mail. My plan right now is a long extension cord, electric skillet, infrared thermometer, and the old hiding place in the woods. I hope the smoke doesn't cause her to call the rural fire department. That and the dog. If he gives me away this time, I swear it will be curtains for his squeaky hedge hog. I'll let you know any lessons learned. Fortunately, the WiFi works in the dog house.
 
John Despres
Welcome, Jim!

Yes, it's a terrible burden, this addiction we suffer from.

Don't set the woods on fire and since you've asked so politely, I hope that cuppa is delivered soon!

John
Respect the bean.
John Despres
Fresh Roast 8, Gene Cafe, JYTT 1k, Quest M3, Mazzer Mini, Technivorm, various size presses and many more brewers.
 
greenzbeanz
Hi, I am a coffee enthusiast from Perth, Western Australia, I have joined your forum to learn and share my passion for roasting and all things coffee!!
I have been roasting for about eight years starting out on a popcorn maker which only lasted a couple of months before I killed it doing too many consecutive roasts, I then progressed on a 'corretto' breadmaker/heatgun/dmm datalogger set-up with roast monitor software, I happily used this set-up for around 500 roasts before the temptation of a bigger roaster took hold and I purchased my Torrefattore 2kg drum roaster.
Looking forward to sharing and learning roasting experiences with you
cheers
trevorThumbsUp
Life is too short to drink bad coffee!!
My toys--Isomac Tea/Maria HX, Mazzer SJ Electronic, Baratza Preciso for pourover, Bellina Syphon, Clever Dripper, ceramic pourover, Coffeetech 2kg Torrafattore manual drum roaster..................
 
ginny
trevor:

nice roaster, if you discover you hate it, send it to me for a check...

welcome,
ginny

14K, cheaper where you are?
 
allenb
Glad to have you on board Trevor!

Love to hear your experiences with your 2kg drum when you get a chance to put a thread together. We've got more than a few drummers here (including myself) who would enjoy discussing what's worked best for you with this roaster and how it might relate to our home-builts.

Post often!

Allen
1/2 lb and 1 lb drum, Siemens Sirocco fluidbed, presspot, chemex, cajun biggin brewer from the backwoods of Louisiana
 
dalemon
Hey All -

Just a quick intro here. My passion for better coffee started when I became Type 1 diabetic. Gave up all the stuff I used to put in the coffee to wanting to enjoy really great coffee. Started buying from local roasters and using a french press. I've always loved good espresso also and last year finally bought a very used gaggia machine for 60 bucks. Cleaned it up a bit and restored to good working order and getting decent shots.

Started roasting after visiting a friend who had a Nesco - and I couldn't believe the freshness could affect the taste so dramatically. Soon, I went the cheap route and started roasting in WareEver popper that I found at a garage sale for a buck. That was two years ago. Now we've moved to a higher elevation (Utah from Missouri) and immediately I've struggled with my roasts progressing WAY too fast. So that sent me on a search to finally mod the popper. Only thing is I started browsing through the different forums seeing all the other DIY roasters and I've got this bug to do something more.

So that is why I am here - to learn from those who have been on this journey. Can't wait to build my next roaster and share my experiences.

Daran
Gaggia Coffee (FOWC), Pour Over, French Press, Hario Mini Mill Grinder, WearEver Popper/Roaster w slight mods
 
John Despres
Welcome Daran!

Thanks for joining and keep us posted as you progress.

And have fun!

John
Respect the bean.
John Despres
Fresh Roast 8, Gene Cafe, JYTT 1k, Quest M3, Mazzer Mini, Technivorm, various size presses and many more brewers.
 
BainDramage
Hi all -

I started roasting in 2005. Popcorn poppers (went through 2 of them), heat gun, and finally to a few homebuilt drums for use on a BBQ.

I now use a Hottop programmable, which I love, and am thinking of getting a Behmor as well. I have been roasting for friends and family long enough that I fear that a 3-kilo shop roaster is in my future.

I don't recall why I got into home roasting, but after reading Kenneth David's book I realized the potential. My family has long since refused to drink commercial coffee - including coffees from the big-chains that sell "specialty" coffees.

I do like espresso (I like the results my Gaggia produces), but my first love is regular coffee (pour-over or press, depending).

I confess that I frequently use a Keurig Platinum with the "My K-Cup" for single cups - and it works great. I hope the purists will forgive me for this lapse. pouring

On a recent trip to Hawaii I met with a couple (parents of a friend) who own a coffee farm. I'm going to try to get some good pricing on 100lb lots to sell here or on GCBC when the crop comes in (45-60 days from now, depending).

This trip got me thinking about sourcing larger lots of specialty coffees - seasonally - buying them by the bag(s), and selling them in 5lb increments. I have talked to a couple of coffee importers in my area, and I will be visiting them this week. Still, I'm not sure that I want to turn a fantastic hobby into a part-time business. It's not like I need more stuff to do in life, but the allure of recent arrivals at great pricing is tempting...

Ah well.

At any rate, I love the site (I should have joined and posted sooner) and look forward to exchanging tips and ideas about the great world of home roasted coffee.

-Mike
 
JETROASTER
Thanks for posting Mike! Looking forward to a couple pics of your set-up. Welcome aboard! -Scott
 
ginny
Hi:

It would be great if you would post these in the roaster section so that all can see. Many members don't look here for roasters and I would hate them to miss these great pictures.

thanks,

ginny

rockon
 
crlssctt
Hello, I am absolutely new to roasting but have decided to embrace this new obsession of mine, trying to digest as much as possible, counting down until today when my Behmor arrives.
I've loved coffee since an early age, watching my grandfather make his instant coffee. Slowly, through experimentation and a slight deviation into crackbucks, I've taken a more direct approach, slowly becoming the coffee geek in my group of friends, pouring my obsession into their obscured ears.
Where I live there are few and far between specialty coffee stops. The ones that do pop up last only a few months before succumbing to the big coffee houses, so my new hobby has been merely virtual, and thus overwhelming. So little by little I've trimmed it into digestible pieces to suit my needs.
Currently, I swear by my chemex, absolutely the best cup of coffee I've ever made, especially now that I've taken the time to weigh stuff, trying to ignore the weird looks I get from my family.
I ocassionaly bring out the french press, but overall, the chemex gives me the most satisfying results.
I grind my beans using a hario skerton, though I see an electric grinder in my near future.
As for convenience, when I have company over I still use a grind and brew drip coffee maker, though with less frequency as i've become more efficient at measuring and preparing the chemed.
As I stated, I am stalking the FedEx truck waiting for my Behmor 1600, which I think will suit my needs just fine, at least until I keep reading these forums and decide to "upgrade".
Overall, I am just excited to tinker with something else, as well as trying out all the varietals of coffee that have largely passed undetected due to my obscured knowledge.
 
John Despres
Welcome crissctt!

Shall we call you Criss? Thanks for joining and I look forward to progress reports on your roasting adventure. We're here to help with whatever you need.

John
Respect the bean.
John Despres
Fresh Roast 8, Gene Cafe, JYTT 1k, Quest M3, Mazzer Mini, Technivorm, various size presses and many more brewers.
 
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