The New Behmor 1600 Coffee Roaster is a great value
I recently purchased the new Behmor 1600 Coffee Roaster. It is the only home roasting device that is capable of roasting up to 1 lb of green coffee beans per batch. While most home roasters use “hot air” like a popcorn maker, the Behmor 1600 Coffee Roaster uses quartz heating elements. They provide consistent heat that can be regulated using 5 different heating profiles. Behmor plans to offer an upgrade control panel in the near future that will allow specific temperature settings to be used. By the way, A small “Lab Roaster” will cost several thousand dollars and take up more room, but the Behmor 1600 Coffee Roaster prices out at around 300 dollars and is a little bigger than a toaster oven.
Capacity & Smoke Complaints?
One of the biggest complaints home roaster have it capacity. Most home units only roast 4-8 ounces at a time. As mentioned earlier, the Behmor 1600 Coffee Roaster can roast up to 1 pound of coffee. The drum roasting device turns and the fins inside the drum help move the green beans around providing a consistent roast. The stainless steel wire drum allows the chaff to fall off the bean and is captured in a special collector, reducing smoke and mess. Speaking of smoke, the Behmor 1600 Coffee Roaster has a built-in smoke-reduction system that will allow you to roast inside. I place my roaster under our hood fan in the kitchen because there is some smoke when I roast some coffee approaching second crack.