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Friday, February 09, 2007

New Toy

Huky300 Coffee Roaster
Capacity: 100~360g (3.5~12.7oz), 250g (8.8oz) recommended (limited by cooling)
Size: 16" x 7.5" x 14" (L x W x H)
Weight: 13 lbs
Mirror Polished 304 Stainless Steel

Perforated Stainless Steel Drum with dual agitator vanes (4.7" diameter x ~0.1" thick)
50rpm-24VDC motor (running @ 20VDC -40rpm)

Custom machined stainless steel axial/bearing (vacuum heat treated)

Bean sampler and quick release gate
Solid rosewood handle
Dual temperature probe: type-K thermocouple and analog

Exhaust vent with gate valve and chaff collector

Accessories: Storage bucket, cooling basket, cooling/exhaust fan, DC power supply, bean funnel (hand made)

High-output Portable Butane Gas Stove with ceramic element (for infrared heat)

Just about every single piece on this roaster is hand made due to the limited production number. Everything is made to last at very high fit and finish (the thing is almost entirely of stainless). The craftsmanship is amazing.

I've done two roasts with it and it's not an easy roaster to use due to its all manual nature. I never use a direct flame drum roaster, let alone one that has air-flow control. The bean probe is very accurate and the thick gauge steel drum is able to retain heat once up to temperature. There are much to learn from this setup but I believe it will teach me more than any currently available home roasters (sample roaster does not count...).

- Ben C.