Hottop Coffee Roaster - 'B' model

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Excellent Roaster
by Gav on 8/10/14
I have been looking for a while to find a roaster that can roast decaf beans, which are usually considered a little trickier than normal beans. Being an absolute newbie, with no roasting experience, I was dubious that a small home roaster for around $1500 could do the same job as a prosumer roaster like the Toper 1kg, which costs around $6500-7000. Additionally, from the literature around, I was also worried that an electric roaster could allow the same amount of control as a gas roaster. I can't comment on the ability of gas roasters or Toper roasters (as I haven't used them before), but I can positively comment about the Hottop B roaster.

I am very happy with this little roaster. After 5 roasts, I am in newbie roaster heaven. The Hottop B is a very user friendly roaster that allows the novice to quickly get the basics down pat and then allows for creativity in the roasting process - to try out those hunches. I am also very impressed with the ability of this roaster to replicate profiles. After completing a profile that I liked, it was very simple to replicate the profile.

A special mention must also be given to Neil (from Ministry Grounds). His knowledge, honesty, transparency and overall pleasant, friendly personality has made this purchase a very positive experience through pre-sale, sale and after sale stages. The quality of his decaf green beans is also worth a mention, as I have found them to be of very high quality and freshness.

I bought the additional bean probe thermostat and datalogging equipment (Victor86B multimeter) and am very pleased that I did. The multimeter connected to both the Hottop B and my Mac PowerBook (Intel) running OSX 10.7.4 without a drama. I started Roastlogger and everything worked straightaway without any fine-tuning needed.

From the above, it is clear that I recommend the Hottop B wholeheartedly for any novice roaster. After 5 roasts and patiently waiting 5 days for the first roast to rest, I can confidently say that this roaster can (and has already) produced roasted beans equivalent to the nicest decaf beans I had previously purchased ... which blows me away. :)

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Hottop Coffee Roaster - Model B

A manual roasting solution which provides great flexibility to develop your own roasting style.

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