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Alpenrost Rotary Drum Home Coffee Roaster

3.5 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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  • Custom-roast coffee beans at home
  • 15 different roast settings
  • Roasts from 2 to 8 ounces of beans at one time
  • Removable parts are dishwasher-safe
  • One-year warranty
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Product Description

This lightly-used green coffee bean roaster is a workhorse and weighs only 12 lbs.

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If buying coffee beans fresh each week from the corner coffee shop still isn't fresh enough, roast your own with Peugeot's Rotary Drum Home Coffee Bean Roaster. It roasts from 2 to 8 ounces of coffee beans at a time, so it's possible to roast only as much as is needed for a day or for the week. (Roasted coffee beans lose their flavor and aroma fairly quickly; they are usually at their best within seven days of roasting.)

The company also has a wide assortment of custom-blended and estate green coffee beans, including decaffeinated and organically grown, which means the it's easy to create a special blend and custom-roast it to an individual taste. The patented "Flow-Thru" ventilation keeps the machine cool to the touch throughout the roasting process, and it handles up to 15 different roast settings--just press a button and the machine roasts, cools, removes chaff, and expels the beans from the drum. Those green coffee beans stay fresh for two to three years, so buy in bulk now, and roast in mini batches all year long. All removable components are dishwasher-safe; and the machine comes with a one-year warranty. --Doree Armstrong


Product Information

Product Dimensions 16.2 x 8 x 8.2 inches
Item Weight 12 pounds
Shipping Weight 12.5 pounds
Manufacturer Swissmar
ASIN B00004SD6O
Item model number A81102
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3.5 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,680,107 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
#163,435 in Home & Kitchen > Kitchen & Dining > Coffee, Tea & Espresso
Date first available at Amazon.com April 30, 2003

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I believe that this is the only drum-style home roaster on the market. It has an elegant design, and the primary advantage is that it will roast 8 ounces at a time, which is more than two and a half times more than the available fluid-bed (hot air) machines. For my tastes, this supplies me with 9-cups for five days. The operation is simple, but the clean-up is slightly harder than for the hot-air machine.
Customer service from the Swissmar distributor has been excellent, showing a responsiveness seldom found today. To date, they have replaced the machine twice, paying all shipping charges. This brings us to the problems. While the roasting time (not including the cooling cycle) has ranged from 15-18 minutes, the beans can easily go from a medium-dark roast to completely burned within a 30-second period at the end of the roasting period. The machine has roast selections ranging from 1 to 15,with 1 corresponding to 16 1/2 minutes and each higher number increases the time by an additional 15 seconds. The mid-range setting (8) is labeled as medium and it is often recommended on their packages of beans. However, all three machines that I have tried will burn the beans to a black, smokey, crisp at that setting, leaving a burned oily residue over the entire inside of the machine. Experience finally taught me that the operation is highly sensitive to ambient temperature. At normal indoor household temperatures, I must manually trigger the cooling cycle at 15-16 minutes if I do not to burn the beans beyond recognition. This is less than the time for the lowest setting (1). Outside at (62-67) degrees, it may take up to 18 minutes (setting #7) for beans from the same bag. I exchanged the first machine because I concluded that it must have had a bad timer or heat control.
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Let me start by saying I like the Alp and use if for most of my roasts. I still use a Fresh Roast+ for smaller batches or if I need to be extra careful with tracking a particular roast color, etc.
My first Alp stopped working after two roasts. My second Alp stopped working during the first roast. My third Alp seems to be working fine. Swissmar was very quick to send replacements (sending the new one even before they had picked up the defective machine). They paid for all postage. UPS picked up the old ones at my front door.
The biggest advantage to the Alp is the roast size. If you're tired of multiple back to back roasts with smaller roasters, the Alp is for you. I drink enough drip coffee and espresso to still justify 3 or 4 back to back roasts with the Alp and am pleased with the 8oz roast size.
Pros: roast size, looks of machine, noise level, ease of directing smoke
Cons: difficult to roast by sight, harder to clean than smaller roasters, very long roasts - 20 minutes and still not to the second crack (some double roasts needed, more on this later), more than a few folks have needed replacements prior to getting one that worked well.
Most of the "Cons" are easily overcome. This machine forces you to roast by crack sounds, time, smoke, smell, or roasting profiles learned from earlier roasts. Once you get the hang of it, it's fairly easy to get a good roast with just about any bean.
I've learned each machine is different. My particular machine took a very long time to get to the second crack with some kinds of beans. So long in fact, that I needed to "double roast" before I fixed the problem. It would take 12 minutes into the second roast to hit the second crack.
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writing after years of use. I have had problems and was unaware others got burnt coffee. It is quiet. Roasts are very long. looks exotic but is big in size. 8 oz. measure is critical. any less you get smoke easily. The oil build up is very difficult to remove. I suggest DAWN soap ,a s it dissolves oil, unlike other soaps. The roasts even at "8" (meaning medium) can easily be burnt. A sensor would have made a big improvement on this device. Smoke and burnt beans are the norm.
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