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Behmor 1600 Home Coffee Roaster - Newest Model

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  • Drum Coffee Roaster for authentic roasted flavor
  • Large capacity coffee roasting chamber that can roast from 1/4 lb. to 1/2 lb. or full 1 pound batches
  • Lower smoke emissions due to its smoke reduction feature
  • Viewable roasting window
  • Five preset roasting profile curves

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 15 x 15 inches ; 16 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 25 pounds
  • ASIN: B004HIFT3Y
  • Item model number: 1600
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,834 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
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Product Description

The Behmor 1600 is the only one-pound capacity home coffee roaster. When used with high quality beans, the Behmor 1600 utilizing patent pending smoke suppression technology roasts in virtually every application with no visible smoke up to second crack. It is also the only home roaster in the world manufactured with a variable speed motor to facilitate proper bean rotation, plus allow for higher, more efficient cooling and chaff removal. In addition, the Behmor 1600's variable-speed fan controls allow for optimum functionality. For Full City+ roasts, we recommend you reduce the quantity of the roast to ½ pound. ********* The Behmor 1600 is not intended nor meant to roast coffee to levels known as Vienna, French, Italian or darker. Anytime during the roasting process you can easily add or subtract time or simply end the roasting process by pressing the 'cool' button. READ AND FOLLOW ALL DIRECTIONS Whether new to, or experienced with roasting coffee, start off by roasting at least four (4) ¼ pound batches on P1 to begin developing an understanding of the subtle nuances of roasting coffee with the Behmor. ********** NEVER START with quantities above ¼ when first learning the roaster !!! Adjust times as close to the following using the + or - buttons once you hear the "first" cracking sound of 1C. This allows you to more accurately control and understand where you are in a roast, especially in cases where you have a bean type that migrates from 1C to 2C seamlessly. This also helps to prevent you from over-roasting your beans. a. ¼ lb - 1:30 MIN. b. ½ lb - 2:10 MIN. c. 1 lb - 3:10 MIN. The times shown are approximately the time it takes from start of the very first snap of 1st crack (1C) to the start of 2nd crack (2C) for regular coffee. Decaf and Malabar roast faster and get darker more quickly. UNABLE TO SHIP TO HAWAII OR ALASKA

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Customer Reviews

Will buy again if this one wears out.
Gerald Wilson
If you love fresh coffee--we do--the control provided by roasting your own beans and the variety available is a real treat.
Robert W. Hazlett
If you use a cheap extension cord, you could lose a batch.
Mr. Nice Guy

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

83 of 84 people found the following review helpful By philly-elf on February 19, 2010
Several years ago I thought about doing home coffee roasting, after seeing a small roaster that looked like a popcorn maker, and the green beans, at a local kitchen wares store. My wife told me I didn't need the toy, so the thought went on the back burner. Fast forward several years to December 2009. With my retirement and all that new time, I needed yet another passion. So I found the Behmor 1600 online from Roastmasters just before Christmas, and yes, it was a gift to myself. And my wife and I, haven't regretted it since. After about twenty, half-pound roasts with several green bean varieties, also from Roastmasters, the Behmor has functioned flawlessly. The latest model has many notable features, including good visibility so one can observe the coffee bean transformation process. I find this process enjoyable, including the emerging aromas. The Behmnor is a drum roaster using quartz heat lamps. The wire drum design effectively moves the beans so the resulting roast is very uniform in color and consistency. As soon as the roast cycle completes, the Behmor goes into a cooling cycle that typically takes about twelve minutes. The total time for my one-half pound, total roast and cool cycles, averages around twenty five minutes.

The Behmor has virtually foolproof automatic control of the roasting process and safety features; and manual adjustments can be made to customize the roasts, when one becomes a true roast-meister. The roaster is relatively quiet so one can easily hear the first coffee bean cracking sounds, and eventually the second crack, if one ventures in that range. Many of my roasts are taken between the first and second crack, and sometimes just before the second crack as a matter of my taste.
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Matt Wiens on June 30, 2010
I received the roaster as a christmas present in 2008. I am a homebrewer, home cheesemaker, general do-it-yourselfer and roasting my own coffee was inevitable. After using this roaster, I was hooked. Since then my wife and I have bought about 2-3 lbs of pre-roasted coffee (only when i forget to roast or am on a trip and can't), we love home roasting and really have found commercial coffees to be over-roasted or under-roasted and generally lacking in flavor. Especially, OUR FLAVOR, the way WE want it. I love the size and toaster-oven style of the behmor, it really could sit on your counter (I roast on the back patio for smoke considerations). It has great controls with a great variety of roasting programs so that you can vary the temperature of the beans for different times to give the beans a different flavor. then of course, you can start cool down when you need to, to ensure you get the roast you desire. Once you find YOUR FLAVOR, you'll be hooked too.

Price is great, when compared to most of the other roasters... especially automated ones (some are $900 plus). With the price of green beans about 1/2 to 1/3 what you'll pay for "charbucks" or anything else in the store, i figure I paid for the roaster in the first year easily. Ease of use is outstanding. Keeping it clean is a snap (simple green on the inside and the 1/2lb setting and start while it is empty). I don't mind the little smoke that it makes (hello, your roasting coffee!!) but I wouldn't do it indoors.

shortcomings... well, if i buy something that says i can roast 1 lb of coffee... i kind of expect to roast 1 lb of coffee. not 9 oz. and oh by the way, i have to do a 2 minute warm up (not in the directions) to get the 9 oz roasted to my desire.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By E. L. Ridgley on January 17, 2011
I've been roasting with the Behmor 1600 (which is basically a toaster oven with a basket rotisserie inside) for about 3 years now, and I've been tickled with it generally-- it's easy to use, emits very little smoke, and produces an even roast. It also allows you a reasonable amount of control and interaction with the roast, as you can see/hear what's happening inside it and make easy adjustments on the fly. I've contacted their customer service, too, and they were simply outstanding. This roaster was a giant leap forward from the FreshRoast I learned on, and I have recommended it to friends, who have also been satisfied.

It will NOT roast a pound of coffee, though. In my personal experience (from other things I've read, it could vary depending on how your house is wired, altitude, etc.), it will take up to about 9 ounces well into first crack. This is just fine for me, as I normally do 7.2 ounces to City+, but when I've roasted for others to Vienna or French, it would do about 7 ounces, tops, and that's pushing it to its very limit.

If you're happy doing 7-9 ounces at a time, it's a fine value and a good fit. If you have to do more than that, you will probably be disappointed.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By bulkey on March 4, 2012
I've owned a Behmor 1600 for a while now and I average 2 roasts every week. I did a lot of research first and read all the forums. After roasting beans on a gas grill, this unit is heaven.

When I got the unit, I was a little overwhelmed by all the different buttons/settings. I got out temperature probes and starting taking notes while playing with the unit. I actually found a temperature profile that didn't make sense to me and after contact Behmor, found out my mother board was wired incorrectly. They sent me the wiring diagram and after switching some wires, the profiles all seemed to do what I expected.

Then I started roasting coffee. I again used temperature probes to see what was happening in the bean mass. It quickly became apparent that all of those buttons are useless. There are 3 buttons for weight, 4 buttons for programs, 2 buttons for time increment, and 5 buttons for power profiles. All useless.

The unit is so underpowered, you have to use the maximum power every time. I know why they do this, so you don't catch the unit on fire, but it is still way underpowered.

Now to get good results, you need to buy your favorite coffee in bulk. You do this because each coffee has different roasting characteristics. I will buy 20 pounds of Colombian and 20 pounds Costa Rican at a time. Then after a couple of roasts from each bag, I know what to expect.

To the roast ..... always warm up the Behmor for 2 minutes before inserting the loaded drum. Then always select 1 lb for weight, program B (for 20 min), and P1 (max power). Push start.

A bit of a warning here. By making these selections you have raised you hand saying "I know what I'm doing".
You have removed all of the safeguards the unit has to offer.
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