I am more than happy to answer any questions about my roaster and experiences- JimCoffeeexpert- your post(s) would be laughable were they not so potentially damaging to the companies and the readers that seek to convey and receive information in an open, factual manner. Posters such as yourself, that mislead and misinform, either on purpose or accidently waste a lot of honest people''s time. It is posters such as yourself that drive many coffee professionals from these discussion boards; professionals that have concrete information that they would be willing to share. But, who are unwilling to argue with anonymous ignoramuses such as you.
Specifically,your posts about Ambex are neither true in fact nor in implication. Perhaps you should come to us and learn for yourself. And while you are here you could try an apology to the men and women that work hard to put out a great product, innovate, and help move this industry forward. The same could be said of many of the companies and professions you seek to malign; including brokers and roasters as well as equipment manufacturers. Our industry, already suffereing from a glut of cheap and easy celebrity could actually use a few less people with your proclivities. In short you hurt the very industry you profess to want to help.
Coffeeexpert said:If you can afford it, get a new Probat- Probatone 12. If not, look into a US Roasters Corp. Renegade Roaster, one of their rebuilt roasters or even a smaller Sivetz fluid bed roaster if you want something simple to use. I have roasted on all these machines and more and would strongly advise against purchasing anything made in the middle east due to quality issues. Problems with these roasters include but are not limited to:
Antiquated drum blade design
Parts not UL listed or up to code
Miss-matched motor size
Poor cooling bin agitator design
Unbalanced fan blades
Drums rotating counter to blade design
Damper and drum door handles that fall off or break
Warped cooling bin
Poor burner design
Inability to control or adjust fan speed and or burner btu
Poor temp. probe placement
Poor airflow design that leads to creosote build up
Improper guage steel on exhaust plumbing
The list goes on and on... like another member said, you get what you pay for.
not trying to attack you or anythign but where did you get all of your expert coffee training at and how long have you been in the buisness? where are you roasting now and which machine do you use?Coffeeexpert said:Don, I'm not going to name names. I'm not here to trash a particular company... just want people to be aware that they get what they pay for.