My search for "larger quantity, more control" has ended. The smallish popper batches were getting bothersome. I tried HG/DB, but the gun I had did not move enough air and my roasts were flat. But, the quantity was nice.
Given the investment in a better gun, this would be a great method. But I
went for the RK drum. It arrived today. I quickly cleaned, prepped and rushed to the gas grill
to "burn" some UGH! My old Charbroil 3 RPM motor is pretty clunky, but I couldn't wait. I did order Ron's motor, but it is not ready to ship. I roasted 4 test batches of 150 gr. each; Ethiopian Harrar FC+, Java Estate Prince FC+, Guatemala Huehuetanango FC+ and SM Donkey V. I wanted the
Harrar at FC, but just wasn't quick enough getting the drum off and emptied!
I am very happy with the roast control. I was worried that I wouldn't be able to hear the cracks. Not a problem!! Now to let the coffee rest & taste!! My stash has been diminished by the simple capacity of the drum!! The drum is a work of industrial art! It is truly a pleasure to use!
July 17,2004 Allen M
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.
Shane, got the roaster up and running this past weekend, did a burn in and
two batches on Sunday (1 pound and 2 pound) and then had to hurry off to
other things. Last night i put the the roaster to work and roasted 15
pounds in about 2.5 hours! however i had to take about 20 minutes to make
some adjustments to the rotisserie rod, it must have been off center because
it was clicking pretty loudly. the largest batch i did was 3 pounds, wow i
am loving this thing already, and once i bump it up to 4 pounds things will
move much quicker. give me a few weeks of using this and i will write a
complete review you can share with others, i went to bed last night feeling
great that i had roasted a weeks worth of orders in a little over 2 hours,
and the coffee was packaged, labeled and ready to go to the store, and i
don't have to think about it until next week. Thanks for a great product
and excellent support.
Sommers Coffee Co