Drum Roasters

Drum Roasters

Compared to air roasters, drum roasters roast slower, more along the lines of manual methods and commercial machines. Roast times will be in the range of 14 to 20 minutes. These machines offer great control over the time, temperature and roasting profiles. Generally the more expensive the machine is, the more features and control you get.

Depending on the machine, these roasters will produce about 8 to 12 oz of roasted coffee per batch. Drum roasts tend to develop the body of a coffee while maintaining the brightness. Drum roasters are more durable then air roasters, as they do not require the high fan speeds that small air roasters have. Replacement parts are available from the manufacturers as well. More tools are in the resources area of the menu bar and in our Library.

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  • Behmor 1600 Plus Upgrade Control Panel

    Are you a Behmor user with a need for more control? This unassuming panel will do the trick. Installing it into a Behmor 1600 roaster will give your machine the same features as the Behmor Plus roaster. At first controlling the new features may seem complicated since some of the buttons are now multi-function but once you get used to it, your Behmor will be doing those things that you always wished it did. You will have the choice of using the original automatic mode with preset roast profiles as well.

    You will have to install it yourself with standard household tools. Instructions will be provided. Click here for our installation guide.

     

     

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  • Behmor 1600 Plus Roaster

    The Behmor 1600 Plus is easy to use, has smoke suppression technology and has a batch size of up to a pound at a time. It's an affordable drum roaster that uses pre-programmed roast profiles but can be used manually, giving the user control over temperature and drum speed. It comes with a free 8 pound green coffee sampler.

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  • Hottop Roaster Basic

    This roaster will be drop shipping from Rhode Island.

    The Hottop Basic is for you, if you understand coffee roasting basics, want up to a 1/2lb batch, longer roasts, a commercial type roast-and-external cool cycle, and a tough machine. The sight glass offers you a close-up view of the coffee during the roast cycle. The roaster produces a lot of smoke that you will need to ventilate out of our kitchen or garage.

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  • Hottop Roaster Programmable

    This roaster will be drop shipping from Rhode Island.

    The Hottop Programmable is for you if understand coffee roasting basics, want up to a 1/2lb batch, longer roasts, a commercial type roast-and-cool cycle, and a tough machine. Compared to the Hottop Basic, it can remember more roast profiles and has a more interactive display.  It gives you a close-up view of the coffee during the roast cycle but produces a lot of smoke that you will need to ventilate out of your kitchen or garage.

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  • Gene Cafe Roaster - Black

    The Gene Cafe's unique controls allow for manual adjustments for time and temperature during the roast cycle. The off-axis glass roast chamber allows for maximum visibility during the roast cycle. The chaff collector not only does a great job of sucking up chaff but has a vent attachment for dryer duct tubing to make the roaster nearly smoke free. Click here for the full Gene Cafe details page.

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  • Gene Cafe Roaster - Red

    The Gene Cafe's unique controls allow for manual adjustments for time and temperature during the roast cycle. The off-axis glass roast chamber allows for maximum visibility during the roast cycle. The chaff collector not only does a great job of sucking up chaff but has a vent attachment for dryer duct tubing to make the roaster nearly smoke free. Click here for the full Gene Cafe details page.

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  • Low Profile Chaff Tray for Behmor Drum Roaster

    As of November 2009, Behmor roasters now ship with a "low profile" chaff tray. The re-designed chaff tray improves visibility, so you can see into the roaster much more easily. 

    In our experience using both chaff trays, there is a definite trade off with using the new low profile tray. Yes, visibility is enhanced, and that is good, but it is harder to maneuver in and out of the roaster, harder to clean, and with rivets and springs added to it, there is more to break. It seems to catch more chaff, but it is not safer in our experience. You can still have a chaff fire with the new tray; we did.

    You definitely want to read the PDF that Joe Behm has written about the new chaff tray - as it is trickier to insert and remove from the roaster. Remember to remove the protective film covering on the new chaff tray if you have it, as noted in the Chaff Tray Instructions PDF above.



     

     

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  • Behmor Small Grid Drum

    We're expecting to have these in stock mid to late December. Thank you for your patience.

    The Behmor 1600 roaster now ships with the Small Grid Drum. So this is only for folks who want to upgrade their older roaster or need a replacement.

    The drum has a slightly smaller size and diagonial grid pattern to make it easier to roast small bean coffees and blends with small beans.  It also has a hingeless clasp.  The smaller grid does mean that there will be more chaff caught in the drum with the roasted beans. Chaff is essentially flavor-neutral, so it is not a problem to grind a little chaff with your coffee - or you can blow off the chaff.  We recommend this drum for coffees such as Yemen, and even longberry Harar types that tend to get stuck in the wire grid of the older Behmor drum.

     



     

     

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  • Hottop Upper Filter (with metal housing)

    This is the replacement for the top filter on the Hot Top. You didn't know there was a top filter? Well, there is and it does need replacing, not often, just every 100 roasts. This filter fits under the metal screen on the top of the drum. These are just strips of carbon filter - they help reduce particles in the air while roasting. The replacement includes the metal housing so it is very easy to install.

     

     

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  • Hottop Rear Filter

    Rear filters for the Hottop roaster; this includes the plastic filter housing.  Hottop recomends replacing these every 20 roasts. I personally have washed them clean, dried them thoroughly, and kept on roasting for a longer than 20 roasts. Really, the machine produces a lot of smoke even with a fresh filter in there. So why not just roast without a filter? Because it changes the way heat is cycled through the roaster ... so keep the filter in there, and make sure it's in reasonably good shape. Ignore discoloration, avoid too much build-up on it. If the roaster is getting too hot - ejecting roasts before they are programmed to end, it could be that you need a new filter. The filter includes the plastic housing, as pictured.

     

     

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