The Behmor home coffee roaster with one pound capacity is updated with some new features that make roasting easier.
To introduce the new features we have some information resources below, like an FAQ about the new changes. You can view the Behmor 2000 AB+ in our webcart too. We also have a Behmor Bundle Starter Kit with some good accessories!
Introduction to Behmor Features
Ryan has made a great 9 minute introduction video discussing the main features to know about in the new A popular electric drum roaster designed for home use, with variable batch sizes (from 1/4 pound to 1 pound) and a smoke-reduction system. It has been modified and... ...more 2000. The title sounds like a sales pitch! Believe us, it’s not … we love telling people pros AND cons of roasters. Our goal is to match you up with right roaster for you!
Thompson’s Behmor 2000 AB Plus Feature Video, Roast Demo Video
In the first part, Thompson runs through the new features, and after that he goes through a full roast to discuss ways to use the Behmor 2000 AB Plus, and pros and cons of the machine. This is a more in depth video of almost 18 minutes, since I run through the whole roast process.
(Note: there’s a small copy/paste error in a caption at 13:26 in the video. P4 = 75% Burner Power and P5= 100% burner power.)
Behmor 2000 AB+ FAQ / Questions and Answers:
What’s the most important new feature of the Behmor 2000 AB Plus?
Beeping. No joke – the audio warning Behmor has added to the roaster is significant. The Behmor has a failsafe feature, the “unattended roaster” shutdown: 75% of the way through the roast the machine will go into cooling if you don’t hit the START button on the control panel. Before the screen simply flashed with a 30 second countdown. Now there is an audible beep!
Why is this new feature important?
I know it sounds minor, but as owners of older models attest, many roasts have been ruined because you didn’t realize the “unattended roaster” alert was in effect. When the Behmor goes into cooling mode, you can’t revert to roast mode. You have to let it cool. So your batch was basically ruined. Now the beeping will help alert you, and get to the roaster in time to continue the roast!
Why even have the “Unattended roaster” feature?
Because people aren’t perfect, and they get distracted. We have heard of fires from roasters left unattended. We think the Behmor is a better roaster for this feature … but yeah, it is frustrating to lose a roast by having the machine go into cooling. Your only option is to re-roast the coffee (not good, and a bit dangerous as it will be on a totally different roast curve since it’s already more than half-roaster). Or just through it in the compost. ? . Other drum roasters have the same feature, like the pricy Aillio Bullet roaster.
Any other important user-oriented features?
Yeah, another beep! The roaster beeps for the final 15 seconds of the roast. This means you are alerted to make any changes, in particular use the + key to add time if the roast needs a bit more development, or the “C” key to engage the “rosetta stone” feature and add up to 3:10 more time (for 1 lb batch).
What else is new in the Behmor 2000 AB+ ?
There are hidden features that increase performance and reliability. The updated Micro Processor Unit (MCU) has a 50% faster data refresh rate, which means it is checking the thermocouple temperatures and making adjustments more frequently. The control panel is more robust and is actually dual voltage 110/220 now. But the roaster itself is sold as either 110 or 220 so don’t go plugging one we sell into 220, as the motor and other parts are voltage specific
I have a Behmor 1600 AB Plus … so what can I do?
Good news, Behmor has an upgrade kit for you! You can enjoy the features of the 2000 AB Plus in your 1600 Plus. And the cost is quite reasonable too.
I have an older Behmor 1600 though! What about me?
Good news, you can update it too. This also goes for the 1600 Plus. Both of these models have a chrome front door, not a black door. It’s a little more involved as it requires replacing the motor drive unit too. But we have the kit for it!
What is AB in the name?
It mean’s ALL BLACK and refers to the color of the front door. Older models with the chrome door are the 1600 or the 1600 Plus
What are the settings P1 to P5 in Behmor manual mode?
See our Tip Sheet below, but they mean this in terms of burner adjustment:
P1 = Baseline 0% (Burner is on at baseline level)
P2 = 25% Burner Power
P3 = 50% Burner Power
P4 = 75% Burner Power
P5 = 100% Burner Power
How do I enter Manual roast mode? There is no Manual Roast Button!
You need to first start a roast in an “automatic” mode, then hit the buttons P1 to P5 to change the burner setting. Now you are in Manual Roast mode, and can change the Burner setting manually at any time, you can change the Drum Motor Speed to High (32 RPM) or Low (16 RPM) by hitting the “D” Key… and you can return to Automatic mode by hitting the “1” Pound roast key
What type of roast is the Behmor best for?
A coffee that has been roasted to the brink of second crack.: A coffee that has been roasted to the brink of second crack. The internal bean temperature... ...more … in the “Specialty coffee was a term devised to mean higher levels of green coffee quality than average "industrial coffee" or "commercial coffee". At this point, the term is of... ...more movement” this has been considered the peak roast for balancing the flavor of the green bean with the flavor of fresh roasted coffee. The founder of Peet's Coffee in Berkeley California, Alfred was known for reintroducing a dark roast style to the West Coast. For some time, the logic of light... ...more of Peets coffee was the preacher of the Full City roast is what we define as the earliest palatable stage that the roast process can be stopped and result in good quality coffee. City roast occurs roughly... ...more mantra, and early Starbucks in Seattle were disciples of Alfred Peet. But both seem way darker than that now. Full City is a roast right at the verge of After First Crack, a roast reaction around 440 to 450 degrees that is distinguished by a snapping sound. Second Crack is the second audible clue the roaster-operator receives... ...more, or a few snaps into it. Truthfully the Behmor is great for all the medium roast ranges from City+ roast is an ideal roast level that occurs roughly between 425 and 435 degrees Fahrenheit in many coffee roasters with a responsive bean probe where First Crack... ...more (a lighter medium roast) to Full City + or a Light Vienna roast occurs at the beginning of second crack. The Vienna stage is where you begin to find origin character eclipsed by roast character.: Vienna roast occurs at... ...more, with some active second An audible popping sound heard during roasting. In coffee, one refers to "first crack" and "second crack," which come from two different classes of chemical reactions.: An audible... ...more and a clear roasty taste.
What type of roasts is the Behmor not so good for?
My first response is very light roasts. The Behmor has a very nice gentle roast curve, even at full heat (P5 Setting in Manual Mode), but it’s hard to stop the roast to target a really light City roast level, because the Behmor comes to a “coasting stop” really. So you have to anticipate where you want to end up, and stop the roast early in this case. But hey, we have an entire video to show you how to have success with lighter roasts in the Behmor!
Is the Behmor good for dark roasts?
My first response is yes! But the problem here is that many customers think a dark roast is WAY darker than I do. And for those people they have been unhappy with the previous Behmor models in this way.
You see, a dark roast of fresh-roasted coffee doesn’t look all dark and oily. That’s what happens when a dark roast sits for … oh say a week, or a month or (as Starbucks coffee usually does) 8 months after roasting! If you see oils coming from your coffee DURING the roast, you are risking fire, and you are likely roasting way way darker than Starbucks or anyone too. But I respect those who like dark roast level too, because when it is done with good coffee and it’s truly fresh, it can be a wonderful thing. The trick to get darker roasts on a Behmor is to preheat it before your first roast. The second key factor is to reduce your batch size to 12 ounces but use the 1 pound (16 oz.) setting. We will make a dark roast video soon and link to it here!
How come the chamber temperature readings are lower than my 1600?
The readings may appear lower on the LED, but the actual temperature measured from the 2000AB Plus heating coils is much hotter than the old 1600 series. Check out our test of this theory HERE.
Need Tips on the using the Behmor? Download and Print This…
Out Behmor A machine for roasting coffee. Or the person operating it! The basic requirements for a coffee roaster are a heating element that gets suitably hot and a mechanism... ...more tip sheet includes an image of the Behmor Control Panel with the key functions mapped out. As Tom points out in the video, a print of this by your roaster is a great resource to have nearby
Here’s the Behmor Cheat Sheet for the Control Panel
Note that this image is also included in the downloadable / printable PDF image above.
Additional Behmor Coffee Roaster Images
What else do you need to know about the Behmor 2000 AB Plus?
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