The newest version of my turbo oven-powered drum roaster has had a few batches under its shiny aluminum belt and has been working pretty great! My goal with this version was to make inserting/removing the drum as easy as possible. The previous one had me skewering the roaster and drum with the 1/4″ rod which… Continue reading Turbo Oven Drum Roaster.. Quick Release Edition
This roaster has been superseded by my latest drum roaster! Inspired by my friend Dominick’s attempt at a Turbo Oven-powered Drum Roaster I thought I’d build my own. While I appreciate the simplicity of my Stir Crazy base I’ve never been happy with the consistency of roasts; by its very nature it just can’t stir the… Continue reading Prototype Turbo Oven Coffee Drum Roaster
I’ve had success with a very simple, cave-man like approach to roasting coffee with my SCTO setup. Success to me means that roasts are very predictable and that I enjoy the coffee. As an aid to other roasters that might be having trouble wit this setup I recorded a roast session. In it I talk about… Continue reading Stir Crazy Turbo Oven Roasting Process
I moved my coffee roasting station but kept my blower in the same place (less noise!) so that meant I needed to extend the fume hood’s vent line. I went the cheap route and got a 10′ long piece of HDPE Triplewall pipe which cost about $7.60 at my local Home depot. Its inner diameter… Continue reading HDPE Triple Wall Pipe for Ducting
I’ve gotten into roasting with a Turbo Oven and so far have tried two different popper bases: Presto Popper and the Stir Crazy. I tried the Presto first because it has a metal motor shaft; I wanted to avoid the trouble of replacing the plastic one on the Stir Crazy.
Well it turns out that the despite its plastic shaft the Stir Crazy is a better choice because it turns faster and has a better-designed tray. See the video for detail on that as well as a demo of the two poppers stirring beans.
Confession: I’ve been using a Behmor 1600 for the past year in favor of my bread machine roaster. The primary reason was that my heat gun caught on fire, but I also wanted a drum roaster that was quiet and would let me see the beans. So I’ve been using it for a year and… Continue reading Clean Your Behmor!
A problem I’ve had with my chaff collector hood is that it retains too much heat thus allowing the beans to heat up faster than they ought to. When I set the PID to 400 and let ‘er rip I get roasts that look like this: Notice the mottled color, uneven roasting, and the… Continue reading Speedy Roasts
Having an open top bread machine coffee roaster has two drawbacks, the first being that chaff flies all over your workspace with the second being there’s a lot of wasted heat. I made a lid/exhaust vent/chaff collector in an attempt to solve these problems. My bread machine came with a lid for the bread pan… Continue reading Coffee Roaster Chaff Collector
For a long while I was having a terrible time with stuck “pulldowns” aka “the trip south” with my Cory vacuum pot. My seal was good but the coffee would start with a trickle and then turn into frothy foam, and finally stop alltogether. The amount of vacuum was incredible as the glass rod would… Continue reading Cory Pulldowns, Fixed
Update: This post has been converted into an updated, static page. I’ve made my coffee roaster more self contained and easier to use by: Moving the PID controller and solid state relay (SSR) into the unit Mounting the thermocouple through the bread pan wall Shortening the mixer arm Separating the control of the heat gun’s… Continue reading Bread Machine Coffee Roaster Version 2