Behmor drum on my rotisserie

The fine-mesh Behmor drum. I love those blades stirring the beans more for a more even roast.

The fine-mesh Behmor drum. I love those blades stirring the beans more for a more even roast.

I’ve played around with various coffee roasters. But my roaster of choice now is the oven toaster with rotisserie.

Because I could not buy a drum for it, I had the drum made by a local tinsmith. But I wasn’t happy with the workmanship — too heavy, looks ugly, some damage on the screen that some holes are too big. It’s so difficult to close the lid to pour the green beans in, and difficult to open to pour the roasted beans into the colander, especially with hot temperatures. So aside from the rotisserie, I also use my old Whirley Pop popcorn popper for smaller beans from Ethiopia and Yemen.

But then I ordered the drum for the Behmor from Sweet Marias. Particularly, the small grid drum, so I would have no problem with the small beans.

I had the drum modified in a friend’s machine shop, so it now fits my Imarlfex oven toaster perfectly.

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The edges of the drum, as modified in the machine shop.

The edges of the drum, as modified in the machine shop so they would perfectly fit my rotisserie.

Wow!

I used to tell myself I should buy the 220v version of the Behmor once it comes out (for a long time it was only available in 110v), but that longing has disappeared. The 220v was released a couple of months back, but why would I need one when my rotisserie is now working the way I want it? Besides, at $299, that’s equivalent to maybe a year’s worth of specialty grade green coffee beans.

Hopefully, this will be the roaster I’d be using all the time, with big beans or small. Except of course during power outage, for I’d be using the Whirley Pop on a gas range for that.

A more even roast, using Colombia Monserrate beans.

A more even roast, using Colombia Monserrate beans.

My roasts are more even now. When I was using that primitive drum, some beans would drop on the oven’s base, or would get stuck on the large holes of the screen. Thus, they would be roasted way ahead than the rest, and would start popping much earlier, confusing me as to when the cracks started and ended.

Maybe the DIY drum was too heavy too, damaging the oven toaster’s motor a few times. I’m hoping it won’t happen again.

In the meantime … kape ta bay!!!

Comments

5 Responses to “Behmor drum on my rotisserie”

  1. Mindanao Bob on September 18th, 2009 3:21 pm

    Nice!

  2. Bobby on September 18th, 2009 3:57 pm

    thanks, ngay, for helping me out get this drum. now, you should get one yourself. :-)

  3. Mindanao Bob on September 19th, 2009 7:44 am

    Yeah, I want to get a roasting setup just like what you have!

  4. sheng on September 21st, 2009 2:10 pm

    I just saw a friend and his roaster yesterday, it was huge, sir Fred had us witness roasting kafe balos here in Gensan. I was so amazed at how coffee is being made, while roasting, the aroma is just different, ahhhhh, the sweet smell of coffee. I have been a drinker since I got pregnant with my first kid, now, HOOKED.

  5. Bobby on September 24th, 2009 9:07 am

    ah, fred! hope to meet him one day. i buy green beans from him every now and then, civet poop included. and yeah, roasting rocks! you should do it yourself. :-)

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