Here you’ll find thermometers, timers and scales to go along with your home roasting adventures. If you are roasting using a manual method then thermometers and timers are very useful. Drum roasters require a scale to measure out batch sizes. All dedicated home roasting appliances have internal thermometers, but it can be useful to have a reading from an external thermometer, especially if you can get it in the bean mass. Some machines like air roasters have better access for an external thermometer, which will be indicated in the review. There is more information in the Resources tab of the menu bar and in our Library. If you have any questions just ask us!
This little booklet could be the most valuable item in your home roast tool shed. If you don't already log your roasts, you should. It will help you learn about roasting and to replicate that perfect batch you did last week. A lot of thought went into designing these. We did our best to produce a log that would be valuable for those using any kind of roaster.Learn More$3.50
This is a pocket-type instant read thermometer that has a 0-550 degree range. It is a low-cost alternative to $20-$40 thermometers that will read temperatures in this range, required for monitoring coffee roasting. The face cover is polycarbonate, but as long as the shaft is exposed to the high heat and the face is not, it will be fine. The shaft is stainless steel.Learn More$5.00
The Cooper 550 degree Large Thermometer has an easy-to-read 2-inch dial face (total diameter is 2.25 inches) and features an 8-inch stem. You need a good 550 degree thermometer to roast with a stovetop popper or air popper, and referencing temperature to determine your "degree of roast" in any roaster is a plus.Learn More$19.25
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.
With the Taylor Clock Multi-Timer you can time four events simultaneously; so for example, you could have a count-down timer to chime at 5 minutes to adjust the heat setting on your GeneCafe, while another stopwatch timer shows you how much roast time has passed and you can start another on the fly to measure the time between 1st and 2nd crack.
It also has a 12 or 24 hour clock, 99hour 99min 59sec maximum timer duration, a distinctive beep for each timer, countdown or countup function, 15mm LCD digit display, either self standing or magnetic mounting feature. And each timer will light up a different corner of the timer, so if you have a howling old Hearthware roaster that obscures the loudest timer, you are still covered.
The buttons seem a bit funky honestly; they make a loud clicking noise when you push them. But fact that the corners light when a timer elapses is actually really handy, it means you can tell which timer has elapsed without the timer being next to you. This replaces the Salter Clock and Multi-Timer we carried - Taylor purchased Salter some time ago. One year warranty.
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.Learn More
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.
Batteries last a long time but nothing lasts forever. I you want to plug your Escali L-Series scale into the wall and not have to worry about battery power, then you should get one of these. This adapter also works for Escali Alimento, Pana, Aqua and M-Series scales.$10.00
This is a compact scale that precisely weighs in 0.1 gram increments. Don't get it confused with Escali's identical-looking model that costs less but weighs in 1 gram increments. It has a counting feature and a display hold feature that holds the weight of larger items that may cover the digital display. The display is high contrast and very easy to read even from low angles.Learn More$30.00
If you are roasting and/or brewing your own coffee, it's important to have a good scale. The Escali L600 is a great countertop scale that counts in 0.1g increments. It also measures ounces, grains, carats, pennyweights and troy ounces. It's 600g capacity makes it good for brewing and measuring roast batches. The buttons are sealed against liquid spills and the stainless steel removable weighing surface is flat and easy to clean. Underneath the unit, there are adjustable feet so you can make the scale perfectly level. You can check your adjustments with the built-in bubble level located under the weighing surface. Our cupping lab crew uses one of these on a daily basis to make sure their ground coffee doses are correct.Learn More$54.00