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KN-8828P-2K worth it?
I'm not seeing a ton of info on the P model vs the B model (though I'm sure I missed it!). I don't think I want spend all the way to the + model so I was wondering if people thought the P model was worth the extra $150. The display looks much nicer but I'm not totally sure on features, it seems a bit more automated but I'm not sure thats something I need. Thanks!
Actually I found the search option with this exact question go ahead and ignore me.
I don't think anyone here is ignoring you.

I usually try to answer but I know little about the HotTop. Plus, it has only been a few hours since your first post.

KKTO Roaster.
There are members here that use all kinds of roasters. Homemade, bread machines, dog bowls, and all the different commercial versions. It can take a few days, or more, for someone that has an answer to come onto the forum and then may take a few days before someone has an opinion.
I have not seen anyone get 'ignored' as you say.
If no one answers in a few days, you can reply to your post, with a 'BUMP'. But, as you said, a search did result in an answer. Searching is always a good thing when you join a forum.

Ken in NC
Backwoods Roaster
"I wish I could taste as well as I wish I could roast."

As Abraham Lincoln said "Do not trust everything you read on the internet".
I couldnt find the search option so I was searching manually. Once i found the search button all my answers were right there. I was serious ignore this one ha! I've found great value in lurking on this forum for the past 6 weeks so thank you all for your help!
Randy G
It depends on what you are looking for. If you want good control over the roast, particularly while the roast is in progress, then the "P" is NOT a good choice. It is for a person who wants to just get sort of close, and that is close enough. A person who does not want to fiddle with the roast would get the "P." It can be confusing because it costs more, but that is only because the panel is more expensive to produce. Contact me at [email protected] and I can send you detailed information on how our three models compare.

Life's too short to drink bad coffee.


platinum847 wrote:

I couldnt find the search option so I was searching manually. Once i found the search button all my answers were right there. I was serious ignore this one ha! I've found great value in lurking on this forum for the past 6 weeks so thank you all for your help!

Use google site search to search this forum. It is better indexed than the forum software.

In a nutshell. Model P is an automated roaster. Model B is a manual roaster. Plus (+) model is a manual roaster with computer interface/controls.

If you do not already own any, I would steer you into the plus model (B2-K+).

I've Macgyvered my old B model for years, doing internal modifications and adding computer logging and controls to it.

When Hottop brought out the plus model they pretty much duplicated all of the soldering, snip and rewire mods that I've done and placed it into a compact package. My mods sprawl out whereas the new model from Hottop does all mine does and it has a lot cleaner looking too
Mick - "Drinking in life one cup at a time"
"I'd rather be roasting coffee"

Roaster 1: San Franciscan SF-1
Roaster 2: Hottop B-2K+
Roaster 3: 2 kilo Chinese drum
Grinders: Mazzer Major - Forte BG (x3)
Pour over: Hario - Bee House - Chemex - Kalita - Bodum
Drip: Bunn CWTF15-1 & CW15-TC (commercials)
Espresso: Pasquini Livia 90 auto
Vacuum: Cona - Bodum
Press: Frieling - Bodum Colombia
Randy G
To add to that, all Hottop models have always had an automatic ("Auto") mode that allows the user to roast with just a few button presses (like three). This has been a generic program that controls time, heat, and fan speed. They all allow manual ejection at any point.

The "P" is not automated in the true sense of the word. It has an Auto mode, one programmed profile, and space to hold an additional nine user-created profiles. These nine profiles are pre-programmed by the user and saved, then used to roast. Memory is non-volatile. This model has limited user-control during the roast. Heat control is binary in this model. Explaining the details of how the profiles are created by the user is complicated- best to just check the PDF owners manual from our website.

All "B" models have manual control over heat and fan speeds. The "B-2K" is done through multiple switch presses while the newest "B-2K+" has separate, bi-directional, speed sensitive rotary controls for fan speed and heat percentage as well as concurrent display of BT and ET on screen. The "+" also adds a USB port for connection to a computer running the free Artisan software app.

Life's too short to drink bad coffee.
Hell yeah, thanks for the info guys. I ended up going with the 'B' model mostly due to price i'll let you know how the roasting goes!
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