I wish the forum had dates, so I could remember when I bought your drum (#7 IS a lucky number). Anyway, I'm still roasting away in Wyoming, and am still thrilled at
the roaster and results I get from it.
Bought a real espresso machine this summer, and maybe that is where the rubber hits the road, because I probably have the best espresso and regular coffee in this whole state.
I hope you are selling lots of these things, I'd hate to think others are missing out.
Thanks again for having such a great idea.
Just roasted a pound of that Colombian peaberry you sent with my order (thanks btw :) ) .....this roaster rocks!!! I am still waiting for my buddy to get my a 2x1 sheet of 20gage to use as a heat diffuser, but I had to try her out anyways. Man that was very easy!!! Very impressed with your product. I'll send you pics of the setup in the next couple of days.
Got the new clip, and pop riveted it on. Must have taken me all of 2 minutes!
Just completed roasting 20 pounds of various beans, and I LOVE the new clip!!!!
No more fiddling around with the pin, just pop it out, flip the clip, dump the beans, and on to the next batch. As you mentioned in your review, a bit less noise, and much faster turnaround times between roasts.
Still regret not going with the 6 pound drum.
I echo everyone else's comments on the extremely professional quality of this drum. Ok, we all agree on that of course, one look and even a fairly non tech/mechanical person such as myself can see that level of quality you ensure.
I usually experience some form of "buyer's remorse" on large purchases, I don't know why, but that's me. Not so on the RK Drum though! I am so glad I finally bought this! I thought my SC/TO would be the one and only, (as I roasted my 12oz smugly, thinking of those "other" 3 or 4 oz roasters)
Roasting coffee with the RK Drum is like "printing money"! The RK Drum paid for itself fast.
Your customer service, attitude and willingness to answer questions, make suggestions about everything from roasting to buying beans to bags etc. You return civility and customer service to a professional level seldom seen anymore.
You even took time out on your Alaska trip to "talk me down" during a difficult roast. I was using a different motor than the one you offer and you made several suggestions that helped me overcome a problem.
I am sure I will one day get your motor after I tire of I have now been using the RK Drum for 6 months or so and still getting an even roast with my average of 5 -6 # is now routine for me. Roasting the sometimes fussy Dry Process greens is now a pleasure, the RK Drum tosses the beans
I have been roasting for 3 years as a hobby and many of my family members and friends have suggested that I should start to sell my coffee. Within the second year of sales, my first roaster could not keep up with the overwhelming demand of Tom’s Best Coffee. I have since upgraded to the premium RK Drum Roaster, which allows me to produce my product more efficiently. My customers can tell a big difference in the quality of my roast. I not only recommend this roaster but I give a A+ to Shane for his customer service.
Lexington, NC (Jan 2009)
I'm an engineer--the drum is a work of art and the motor and mounts are terrific and the whole kit is well thought-out and it makes GREAT COFFEE! I've done several roasts using your suggested profile for 1lb batches and I'm getting the hang of it! I will graduate to larger batches when I decide what kind of beans I want to order in quantity. The only bad thin.g about this setup is that I want to roast all the time and you need lots of beans in your inventory to have all that fun!
Thanks for your great products, and even more for your superb customer service! Keep up the good work
It is so nice to be able to roast 4 pounds of greens in around 20 minutes. My wife sells most of my coffee at her work place and they (office) could tell a big difference in the quality of coffee than the previous roaster I had. It really does an excellent job for the money that you invest.
I've only been roasting coffee since June of this year (09). I needed to get a larger roaster, seems like every week I roast more and more. I did alot research and just did not want to pull the trigger on a $3500.00 plus roaster.
I contacted Shane and talked to him about a drum. I ended up ordering the 4# roaster, bought a new grill and did the sheet metal mods. Shipping was fast and correct. The drum is built to last a lifetime, the only thing that I should have done different was to get the 6# drum for $90.00 more. (Shane should have talked me into getting the 6# roaster.) LOL
It was simple to set up and get it going. I've more than maxed it out a couple of times, beans came out great. You can see the mods i've made to the grill and the simple bean cooler I built on Shane's web site.
Bottom line is that the drum is top notch, works great and is well worth the money! Shane is also a great guy to talk to and will treat you right.
1st crack hit at 15:50 minutes.. 50 seconds of a pause & beans went
into a slow start of a rolling second crack /......Time 19:30 (complete)
dumped 4 lbs (3&1/3 lbs Roasted) into a good 12+ seconds of a 2nd crack
(Rolling) and slammed the brakes on 2nd crack when the beans hit my cooling
fan.... let see if someone could do that with a roaster under $750.00.....Excellent+ Roaster you got there Shane!
I've only done a couple of roasts, and none more than about 3 pounds, But so far I've been getting good reviews from folks and I certainly like the coffee myself. The squeak has been minimized, the wobble in the spit largely goes away when it's loaded up and hot, and the clasp/door has not really caused me any problems. In short, I'm loving my new roaster. It has made my life a lot easier. And so far, without any modifications I'm roasting (albeit with smaller loads) at near "low" on the the three burners.
Hey Shane-- just did my 50th roast last night. I am really excited about the outcome. The 1 and 2 lb roasts go a little fast, since my grill puts out a lot of heat. But the 5 pounds are going about 15-17 minutes and the flavor is fantastic. Great product.