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home coffee roasters 2013

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I bought the $300 Behmor 1600 drum roaster on the recommendation of someone who has one, but before I used it I read that it was not good for dark roasts. Going more than ten seconds into second crack voids the warranty and reportedly can start a fire.

So I exchanged it for the $170 Fresh Roast 500. It puts out too much smoke to use indoors, unless maybe you have a range hood that's considerably better than mine. It can roast only 1/4 pound of beans in a batch.

The Behmor has a smoke reduction system that reportedly works pretty well, and it can also roast up to a pound.


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