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.
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.
Is totally awesome! I roasted 2 pounds of coffee this afternoon after receiving your drum.
The first 2 pounds turned out near perfect! You have definitely taken home roasting to a new level. The quality of your drum was exceptional. I must say the quality was far above what I had expected. I can now look forward to roasting at home. I had been dreading roasting, because I could only do 1/3 cup batches before with my air roaster. It took me about 8-10 batches to roast enough for the Mrs. and I for the week. Chris Hartman
The first 2 pounds turned out near perfect! You have definitely taken home roasting to a new level.
The quality of your drum was exceptional. I must say the quality was far above what I had expected.
I can now look forward to roasting at home. I had been dreading roasting, because I could only do 1/3 cup batches before with my air roaster. It took me about 8-10 batches to roast enough for the Mrs. and I for the week.
Mike Simanyi wrote:
Just had to post. I received my RK drum and 50rpm motor setup last
week and fired it up for a few small roasts (1 to 1.5 pounds each). I
slightly over-roasted the first batch while trying to dial-in my
thermometer readings and reconcile them to the instructions I found at
Ron's site, but the next batches went like clockwork.
Three words: Oh. My. Gosh!
The scent of the roast is amazing. Using the I-roast, 2nd crack was
always exceptionally subtle. With the drum it's like firecrackers.
And darn near the most entertaining part is pouring the smoking mass
of beans into the sifter and holding them over the fan for cooling.
Within about 75 seconds they were almost to ambient temp... and
smelled AMAZING! One of my neighbors came
over to inquire. Turns out
her daughter manages a shop and knew someone was roasting coffee, so
they were curious about the smoke coming from my back yard.
I did the first roast was on July 1st, and I tapped into that for a
press pot yesterday morning. It was absolutely fabulous, so much
mellower and more complex than the best I could do on the I-roast.
(Not slamming the I-roast here - it's a wonderful machine - just
trying to compare the results.) And last night I broke out some of
the Moki's Farm for the July 4th party guests to try. It had degassed
for three days and hooked several of the guests so well that they were
asking for all kinds of details.
My thanks to Ron, Tom and Maria for presenting the opportunity.
I can't tell you how pleased I am with the new drum/motor combo you sent me. Installation took about 45 minutes and after that I was up and running. I've got the Charbroil Quickset grill (35k) and installed the big thermometer from Home Depot.
My grill seems to like 480 degrees so here's what I've been doing:
Preheat to 500 degrees
Put 1 lb beans in the drum while
Quickly put the drum in the grill and get it back up to 480 asap (within 1 to 2 minutes)
1st crack happens around 11-12 minutes
2nd crack is right around 15-16 minutes
This makes a really nice City+ roast and since I've gotten the timing down I've put about 10 pounds through it in the first few days. Each batch has come out the perfectly the same.
Thank you again for making such a great product and if I keep roasting like this I'll be back with you shortly for your bigger motor!
P.S. Thank you also for the extra collars...I've got them in a safe place for if/when I need them!
P.P.S. One design enhancement you might consider - The retaining pin that holds the drum closed has a small washer attached to a chain. If you could solder that washer in place (or just attach the pin directly to the chain) it would stay out of the way. I've been using needle nose pliers as you suggested which helps, but that washer does get in the way and can hamper the pin removal.