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What roaster should I buy???
Hi I am new here and new to roasting. I am looking to purchase my first drum roaster to hone my craft. I would like to roast 1/4lb - 1lbs -2lbs. What do you recommend: Behmor, Hottop, or other. I welcome your advice.
Randy G
I think you need to define your actual needs and usage (personal consumption, family, sales,...?), and what your budget is. There's a big jump from 1/4lb to 2lbs.

Life's too short to drink bad coffee.
My goal is to grow a roasting business but I HAVE to learn to roast first. I wanted a machine that I could train on and then graduate to something more professional.

I have been doing it stove top on a pot but its too inconsistent.
If your goal is to become a professional coffee roasting business, my suggestion would be to decide on the end roaster you wish to use in your business (pick a brand).

Then purchase their 1-2 lb sample roaster. Sample/batch roasters are designed to perform as close to the production machines made by the same company as humanly possible.

Once you have decided to start your business, purchase one of the same brand production roaster (12 kilo is a good starting point for a business)

That way you will have a batch/sample roaster to generate profiles on that you can transfer to your production machine.

My recommendation for a coffee roaster manufacturer would be either.



San Franciscan: http://www.sanfra...

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If you want to go on the drum roasting way, I would start with a cormorant 600, good learning machine, that can be turned later into an excellent sampler, when you start the real business with at least a 2-5 kg machine.

But, because the sub-forum title say also "...or make", personally, if it were to start a business, probably I would build a Probat tangential or similar machine, I am sold to hot air roast, drum heat transfer is a contraption for me.
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