Behmor 2000 AB Plus -New Model for 2020

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 Behmor 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.

Behmor 2000 AB Plus Roaster Video

(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?

Full City roast … in the “specialty coffee movement” this has been considered the peak roast for balancing the flavor of the green bean with the flavor of fresh roasted coffee. Alfred Peet of Peets coffee was the preacher of the Full City roast 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 Second Crack, or a few snaps into it. Truthfully the Behmor is great for all the medium roast ranges from City+ (a lighter medium roast) to Full City + or a Light Vienna Roast, with some active second crack 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!

Need Tips on the using the Behmor? Download and Print This…

Out Behmor Coffee Roaster 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.

Behmor Control Panel Cheat Sheet
Behmor Control Panel Cheat Sheet

Additional Behmor Coffee Roaster Images

What else do you need to know about the Behmor 2000 AB Plus?

Please use our comment box below to tell us what we are missing in our documentation of the new Behmor! We need your help, and we can add new FAQ questions above so others can benefit from your curiosity too.

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