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need advice for selecting a new roaster
mikeyfatfree
Hi All,
I've been roasting with a Behmor for the past couple of years, but recently
wanted to upgrade to something a bit more controllable/professional. I've been looking at the Diedrich IR-1, the San Franciscan SF-1, and the Ambex YM-2; however, I am open to any suggestions. How should I go about deciding which roaster to purchase? Any advice/suggestions are very much appreciated.

thanks,
Michael
 
ginny
Michael:

well going from a Behmor to your choices is like going from potty training to
your BA or Masters in Coffee Roasting.

that said I would go to those who have those roasters in your area and look, feel and work with them; they are the same but not the same.

you will not know until you experience each.

we have many here that have those roasters and each will tell you that theirs is the best for their reasons.

look, listen and use them. using these roasters is THE ONLY way you will know.


my opinion only...


ginny


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turtle
I can only comment on the SF-1 and then only in a general way as mine is a one off 240vac electric that I basically redesigned and built from a carcass.

The design and build quality is trop shelf.

It is a scaled down version of the 20 pound roaster itself they make

It is "institutional" in every aspect from the drum, to the chaff collector, to the operation to the daily, weekly, monthly and annual maintenance.

I've never heard anyone who has owned a SF-1 say anything but praise about their roaster and I can say the same. It is one well designed and constructed coffee roaster and one should you decide to scale up to a 6 lb or 20 lb San Franciscan you can use to profile small batches before you commit to roasting large roast runs as the SF-1 performs identical to their larger roasters so profiles are "scaleable" from the SF-1 up to the larger roasters.

Not sure if this helps but I am very happy with mine even though it is not what you can purchase today

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Roaster 1: San Franciscan SF-1
Roaster 2: Hottop B-2K+
Roaster 3: Behmor 1600 +
Grinders: Modified Super Jolly - Forte BG (x3)
Pour over: Hario - Bee House - Chemex - Kalita - Bodum
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