Small Commercial/Large Home Roaster Index

Discuss roast levels and profiles for espresso, equipment for roasting coffee.
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TomC
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#1: Post by TomC » Aug 09, 2013, 12:27 am

The list grows by the week. Scattered in the many pages of this forum alone is more than a half dozen different roasters that are evolving on the market for those of us looking for a commercial grade 1-2 pound roaster. Here's a place to find info on them all in one place. Mostly from first hand HB user reviews. Some have well established first hand user reviews, some are evolving. Feel free to add to the list and I can update the first post, if this is seen as any sort of utility to users.

Cormorant CR600

External site
HB discussion


Kaldi Fortis

The Kaldi Fortis: A Complete Review


BC-600 Roaster from Buckeye
BC-600 roaster review


XJ-101s- $5,500
1kilo gas roaster


Mini 500/Yang Chia- $3,300
Mini 500 Roaster


North Coffee TJ-067 (Gas and Electric)- $2,700 + $210 shipping( not inclusive of other import costs)
North Coffee TJ-067


Finally! North Coffee TJ-067 - Gas Version

Amazon 1000 1kilo Electric Roaster
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Santoker Gas Roaster -$2,800 (thru Dustin) approx $2,200 from manufacture +/- $600 importing costs.
Santoker R500


San Franciscan 1-lb
External link


Joper 1kg Cast Iron Drum Gas Roaster- $13,000
External Link


US Roaster Co. 1-lb Sample Roaster
US Roaster Co.

New USRC Sample Roaster


M5 Chinese 1 lb/600g Gas Roaster
M5 Gas Roaster


Sonofresco Fluid Bed Roaster-$2,850
External Link


Huky 500
Exploring the Huky 500


Toper Cafemino -1kg
Toper Cafemino


Diedrich IR-1 ( A little dogmatic, but covers a lot)
Ken Fox talks about the Diedrich Roaster


Coffee-Tech Engineering
External Link-Solar 2kg-Electric
FZ-94 Pro-Lab Roaster-Electric


Roure Roasters
E-1A-Gas or Electric


Ailio Bullet
Aillio Bullet R1 - Roasting Experience

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drgary
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#2: Post by drgary » Aug 09, 2013, 1:56 am

Tom:

Thank you for starting this list. It holds the promise of postponed gratification for passing on some great deals* this year. :mrgreen:



* The fully restored Faemina in the Orphan Espresso sale, a bundled fleabay sale (gone) for a Cremina, Faemina, Europiccola, Atomic and two other machines, last year's Gaggia Tell on CL for $500.
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TomC
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#3: Post by TomC » Aug 09, 2013, 2:13 am

I'm going to leave this little nugget of wisdom from Chris Holliday right here. Put's a lot in perspective when the discussion turns to availability, features and bang for the buck for the very, very small population of folks like us, looking for a commercial grade roaster that we can actually fit in our homes, without breaking the bank.
okcEspresso wrote:
"I spoke to the owner of US Roaster Corp here in Oklahoma City about this very thing. Why dont you build a 2.5 lb roaster that could sell for $1,500 to $2,000 and sell it to consumers. First he started going through the parts:

- $320 for a big cast iron burner
- $500 for this part
- $285 for that part

And before you know it, he was up to $4000. I asked why he wouldn't use lower quality parts for lower demand machines and basically he said he just didnt want to support them when they broke down. He says that he builds machines so he doesnt have to have a bunch of followup with the buyer. So I suggested that the increased volume would create enough incentives for him to either staff up for it or farm it out. Then he explained that he had tried to have a Turkish company, then an Israeli company produce roasters inexpensively for him but the logistics were never satisfactory. They were late and missed parts and QC was horrible.

Bottom line... he really doesnt want to sell to home roasters because he sees it as a huge hassle. He is probably right.

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tamarian

#4: Post by tamarian » Aug 09, 2013, 5:51 am

Thanks for starting a well needed list. I think a few here have the Toper CafeMino 1kg. Toper Cafemino 1kg-how good?

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hankua

#5: Post by hankua » Aug 09, 2013, 9:00 am

The Huky500 should be on the list.
Not as refined but has adjustable air and heat with perforated or solid drum options.
Definitely a large home roaster.

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boar_d_laze

#6: Post by boar_d_laze » Aug 09, 2013, 9:02 am

I. USRC Sample Roaster

Whatever Dan Joliff (US Roaster Corp) said to Chris (aka OKC Espresso) in 2007, he sure as hell doesn't mind selling small roasters to home users anymore. Dan told me a couple of weeks ago that 50% of Sample Roaster sales are to amateurs, and did not sound displeased.

Dan made purchasing pleasant and easy. At almost three weeks post-order, the only negative is the 60 day lead time.
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II. Dalian Amazon Royal 1000

The 1kg Amazon should be listed -- sorry I don't have a link. Even though it turned out to be the wrong roaster for me -- largely because of our local power supply -- and it's probably not the right roaster for people as interested in micro-managing every aspect of the roast as many H-B members, it's a fine roaster (for the less obsessed) with a lot to recommend it.

BDL
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Boldjava

#7: Post by Boldjava » Aug 09, 2013, 9:29 am

boar_d_laze wrote:I. USRC Sample Roaster

Whatever Dan Joliff (US Roaster Corp) said to Chris (aka OKC Espresso) in 2007, he sure as hell doesn't mind selling small roasters to home users anymore. Dan told me a couple of weeks ago that 50% of Sample Roaster sales are to amateurs, and did not sound displeased.

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When I attended the SCAA in Portland, US Roasters took a ton of time with me, knowing I was a homeroaster. They encouraged me and were interested in a sale. Unfortunately, my budget lags my interest at this time.
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#8: Post by drgary » Aug 09, 2013, 10:32 am

hankua wrote:The Huky500 should be on the list.
Not as refined but has adjustable air and heat with perforated or solid drum options.
Definitely a large home roaster.
Having seen the Huky 500 I would think of it as a Pharos versus HG One comparison. The form factor is more basic than the other roasters listed but the user base, manufacturer responsiveness, build quality, cost and portability are advantages that make it listworthy, even if it is designed so one mixes and matches extra components to suit personal needs.
Gary
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TomC
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#9: Post by TomC » Aug 09, 2013, 11:40 am

Updated.

If someone would be willing to update the Toper thread with links to photo's or flesh out the specs a bit, it would be helpful. It was getting late last night when I dug thru it, and I didn't notice a whole lot.

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boar_d_laze

#10: Post by boar_d_laze » Aug 09, 2013, 12:26 pm

hankua wrote:The Huky500 should be on the list.
Most definitely. Probably THE value leader in the current crop of 1/2 - 1kg roasters. The low cost comes at the price of a lot of trade-offs, but there are always trade offs.
drgary wrote:Having seen the Huky 500 I would think of it as a Pharos versus HG One comparison.
Not sure about this. For one thing, as you compare Pharos to HG One, you're comparing the Huky to an implied "anything else in the class," which covers too much territory. It's also a bit misleading in that the Pharos as a grinder is more sophisticated and less kludged than the Huky is as a roaster.

How about: Huky is to Diedrich IR-1 as Ariel Atom is to Bentley Continental Speed? After all, who hasn't had plenty of time behind the wheels of both?
Boldjava wrote:US Roasters took a ton of time with me, knowing I was a homeroaster. They encouraged me and were interested in a sale. Unfortunately, my budget lags my interest at this time.
Oh yeah. That. The other drawback. Cheaper than a Harley or a mistress, though.

BDL
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