Almico, here is the perfect video, it just popped up:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tGPS7vzDBE
Read the first comment, and that was not me. Fact is I just have 1.2 kg of 3 types roasted coffee from UK on Probat. The roast flavor is present in all bags, yacks.
I've said this before and I'll say it again: "coffee roasters are like drivers; no one thinks they are bad at it". The fact that the commenter said all coffee from drum roasters is roasty completely voids any credibility. I'm drinking a very nice 91 point washed Ethiopia right now that is light and sweet and juicy and roasted on a very low-tech Turkish drum roaster (mine). There is not a hint of roastiness.
The coffee roaster (machine) has much less to do with the result than the coffee roaster (person).
BTW, that video had more gobbledygook than useful information. Basically his claim was that Loring probes are faster, so you need to account for that when switching roasters. And the fact that the drum is stationary and therefore sealed, even though there is a ton of air moving through from the burner, is somehow magically significant.
I purchased a few bags of coffee roasted on a Loring. They were nothing special. I'm not blaming the machine, just the person using it. They have one at my local importers warehouse. I've seen it in operation and cupped coffee roasted on it. Again, OK.
Are you claiming that all coffee entering a Loring roaster is somehow magically transformed into a coffee only the Gods would drink?
One thing I do concede is that people spending that much money on a coffee roaster better believe it is the best thing since sliced bread. I priced the new 7kg NightHawk and it would have cost $65,000 by the time I got it installed. It also burns at 1450*F and there is no way I wanted that anywhere near my building. My $6K used 5kg drum roaster is doing just fine. And I even have some money left over at the end of each month.
That said, I would love to have a Loring roaster if it fit my situation. It seems to be a highly controllable roaster when used manually. Sadly, I'd bet most roasters are lulled into using it in auto mode.