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    DIGIROSTO PRO-1500

    Does anyone know anything about the " DIGIROSTO PRO-1500"?

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    stay away, I was researching it and found out stories of them 'glitching' and roaster fires burning out the insides. They are very small, bout the size of those tiny counter top bar fridges they sell now. Not the bar fridges that sit on the floor, the counter ones, 1/2 the size of the floor bar fridges!
    They are made in Korea, and heres the website
    http://www.imex-hcc.com/main.htm
    Now, I know they revamped the original, now its called the "HD' model with some upgrades, but I dunno... after all I read, I decided to stay away, though its an awesome concept.
    The Ambex 2.2 Kg is a really nice machine, I tried it out, its a SOLID roaster too, and pretty close in price to the IMEX roaster
    Ron Balla
    The Coffee Exchange Inc
    Windsor, Ontario, Canada

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    "DIGIROSTO PRO-1500"?

    I've seen one up close when Brightway was selling them. I returned two air roasters (Cafe Roasters, I think) that the soldering joints came loose from heat. They never fixed the problem, but they did keep giving me new ones and they kept desoldering. I finaly just gave up. About the Pro-1500 I just had to hear it from someone else. Thanks Ron for the information.

    Michael

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    I would be a little put off by the "any type of coffee bean including espresso" line on their front page. I would stick with Ambex...roasting for the is a business, not a gimmick
    Merdeka Coffee (Indonesian Coffee Roasters and relationship coffee specialists) - Antipodean (Coffee - Cafe - Culture)

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    DIGIROSTO PRO-1500+HD

    We have had this unit for 8 months and love it. We took it apart as soon as we received it, photographed all of the parts, and studied it throughout. It is made very well. Like any young company, they have learned from some flaws on earlier units(from what I read) and improved the unit.
    The quality of product coming from South Korea is outstanding. We buy 4 different ATM's from SK and they are far better designed than the current American counterparts, and it hurts a little saying that.
    The only fire risk I see is if you loose power toward the end of an espresso roast where the oils, alcohols, ketones, etc. are extracted and ignite due to the drum not rotating. You should have a dedicated 15-20 amp circuit for this with nothing else plugged in the circuit.
    The coffee is very good.
    It's a 400-1000gm roaster and has it's place in the market. It is easy to use and easy to train someone to use.

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    Paracom, where did you purchase the roaster? I'm also wondering about maintenance and turnaround time for repairs, service, etc. I remember seeing this roaster when it came out a few years ago and thinking it looked great, but I too have read the horror stories. It's good to hear that there have apparently been great strides in the quality.

    Fred

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    That is good to hear they've fixed up the problems. Pretty much any roaster will go on fire if the power is cut at a bad time (when beans are at high temp). Guess you make sure the firehose is nearby!
    Ron Balla
    The Coffee Exchange Inc
    Windsor, Ontario, Canada

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    Stay Away from the IMEX PRO 1500

    I've had this roaster and it is a disaster! Fires, broken 12 times the first year! Recently I chatted with a new coffee shop/ roaster in England, she has just purchase one from IMEX directly (10/2004) and she is having the same problems! The factory is not any better to deal with than the US distributor. Do yourself a favor, ASK FOR REFERENCES from the company before you buy a roaster. If they give you ANY excuse for not giving you some references to check, AVOID, AVOID, AVOID!

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    Re: Stay Away from the IMEX PRO 1500

    Quote Originally Posted by getusnet
    I've had this roaster and it is a disaster! Fires, broken 12 times the first year! Recently I chatted with a new coffee shop/ roaster in England, she has just purchase one from IMEX directly (10/2004) and she is having the same problems! The factory is not any better to deal with than the US distributor. Do yourself a favor, ASK FOR REFERENCES from the company before you buy a roaster. If they give you ANY excuse for not giving you some references to check, AVOID, AVOID, AVOID!
    Is yours the "new and improved" second generation model? I was hoping they had fixed the fire and breaking problems...

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    Buyer Beware

    Greetings, Mine was not the "new and improved" however the problems I had were only part of the "new improvements" and I lady I spoke with in England did have the new and improved. #1 the halogen light/heat bulb breaks all the time leaving you with glass shards in your coffee - the sole source for the bulb is the US Distributor or IMEX - if your relationship goes sour you're out of luck. #2 the entire process is held together by a spring pin (go the a hardware store and see what that is) - meaning the drum is connected to the gear motor with this little pin and mine fell out at least 4 times giving me a fire in the drum (it stops turning and you have a 400 degree pile of beans that ignites). #3 because of how delicate the machinery is, the natural buildup of coffee oils (that burn off in a traditional roaster) mess up the bean feed and discharge doors. Within a couple months, the heat had left my computer faulty - electrical components too close to heat without adequate insulation. #4 The smoke eliminator gets gunked up with the smoke/oils it is trying to burn off leaving you with a "smoking roaster" (like all coffee roasters) and NO ventilation (this was addressed in the "new and Improved" and I have heard still isn't proven) - - I could go on, but I think you get the point.

 

 
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