I just ordered a new coffee roaster!

I just ordered a Hottop KN-8828B-2-K Digital Drum Roaster from Roastmaster.com. The Hottop is, I believe, the most popular, serious roater for home roasters and is supposed to allow the control over the roast necessary to roast as well as commercial roasters costing thousands of dollars. The fact that you are limited to 300g batches is irrelevant to most home roasters. In fact I have probably never roasted anything over about 250 grams and my preferred batch is far lower, probably about 225 grams.

The Hottop will give me far greater control over my roasts than I had with my home made roaster, made from a StirCrazy popcorn popper and a Sumpentown Turbo Oven. It should also be much more convenient. This is especially true because, every time I do a roast I have to carry a number of items outside to avoid smoking the house up. Here is a list:

  1. One large collander for cooling
  2. A large bowl, also for cooling
  3. A large fan for cooling
  4. two pot holders for handling and dumping beans (very awkwardly) from the StirCrazy into the large bowl for cooling once the roast has completed
  5. A digital thermometer with thermocouple for recording the bean temperature
  6. A jar containing the pre-weighed beans for each batch I plan to roast during that session (usually two)
  7. An extension cord and power strip
  8. The StirCrazy with aluminum flange
  9. The Turbo Oven
  10. A bolster to sit on
  11. A table to set the roaster parts on
  12. An iPad with two apps running:
    1. RoastMaster
    2. Interval Timer

With the Hottop I’m hoping to reduce this to items 6, 7, 10, 11 and 12. Also, the interval timer on the iPad should no longer be required.

The Hottop KN-8828B-2-K Digital Drum Roaster

Author: korkiley

Systems Administrator at University of Vermont (retired as of 7/1/2012) Married Favorite Activities: Condor Glider Online Competition, Developing web sites, making espresso, and keeping a blog

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