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Coffee video: Behmor coffee roaster in action

As you may know, I bought a Behmor 1600 around Christmas.  Thereafter, in a deal with my wife, I took a few months to clean out my John Deere room & workshop so I could roast down there, but I agreed to not roast until it was clean.  After it was sufficiently clean, I pulled the Behmor out of the box and ran a test run to realize that 1) the power outlet downstairs really wasn’t strong enough to run the Behmor full steam and 2) the Behmor puts out enough smells that roasting would stink out my wife in our bedroom upstairs.

So, I moved the Behmor to the garage to avoid the smells and because the best power outlet in my house is in the garage.  Before I could get it started up, though, I had to build a table that folds out from the wall and fits between our cars perfectly, because this perfect power outlet just happens to be right between our cars in the garage.

After finally getting the table built, I finally did a test run on the Behmor 1600.  It was an exciting moment.  It was so exciting that I pulled out the video camera for it.  I wanted to be able to share the sounds and views of a coffee homeroast with the Behmor 1600.   That was about 2 months ago, but I finally put together the video in a viewable format.  But let me apologize — this is my first online video ever,  so the editing is about as basic as it comes with iMovie on Mac, plus it’s somewhat dark because there are only 2 lightbulbs in my garage.

I typically roast at night, and it can get really dark in there.  In fact, I’m trying to figure out how to add some light because it’s so dark at night while I’m roasting that I can’t read my Kill-a-Watt very well to check the power coming out of my outlet while I’m roasting.  The good thing about the dark, though, is that you can see the heating element nicely in the video.  The Behmor has a light as well, so you can view the beans through the roast, and every once in a while in the video, I turn that on as well.  And please note– when you’re looking through the window in the video, you’re actually looking through the window, then through the chaff screen, then into the rotating roasting drum with its inserts that move the beans around, all backlit by the heating elements.  During the cooling cycle, the heating elements turn off,  so I turned on the light so you can see inside.

Lastly, I want to note that I’m very open to questions about the Behmor.  At this point, I’ve run about 3-4 roasts on it in 1/4 pound increments.  All of the cycles so far have been using the P1 “heat up to high and then roast” profile, but this last time, I roasted using the P4 “heat up halfway, hold for a few minutes and then heat up to high for the rest of the roast” profile.  I definitely get a roasting smell out of the roaster, and if I cook it to Full City Roast or beyond, I definitely get  some smoke seepage.  You can get a sense of the smoke that was involved in the process in the “cooling” portion of the video where it’s obvious there’s smoke in the chamber.   When running the full cycle, it brings the coffee to a full roast, and there was a little visible seepage of smoke that I saw but that the video camera didn’t catch.  I would not roast using this machine in my house due to the strong aromas — instead, it makes more sense to use the Behmor in the garage or an outbuilding.

I’m still dialing in the Behmor, but so far I like it.  At this point, I feel like I was getting better coffee flavors out of my gas grill rotisserie roasting, but that may just be the beans I’m using, plus I’m recently thinking I may be grinding too coarsely.   The Behmor is very convenient, and I’ve only used it 3-4 times, so I have a long way to go in really figured it out and getting the roasts I want.

So, with all of that explanation (and again, remember, this is my first online video), I’m embedding the video of my Behmor 1600 coffee roaster homeroast test run.  Thanks for watching!  I hope to put together more videos in the future, so you have to start somewhere.