The only tools needed to fix this tough old Behmor 1600 were elbow grease and cleaner.
Just how tough are 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 coffee roasters? How about we let this poorly maintained Behmor answer that question.
This first generation 1600 is well over a decade old, and has logged hundreds of roasts through the years. An impressive run for almost any home roasting machine. It was presented over the phone to me as “broken”, unable to reach 1st 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 no matter how much time was added to the roast cycle. Destined for the trash heap, I hurried over to take a closer look.
Sure enough, a quick inspection of the filthy interior told a much different story. Caked on smoke and oil residue looked to be a possible source of the problem, and I was pretty sure a good cleaning would go a very long way given the Behmor’s impressive resiliency this type of abuse.
The Behmor’s heating coils are regulated by a thermistor mounted on the other side of the inside-right sidewall (when Facing can mean turning toward, standing up to, being brave. But in coffee roasting though, it means scorching a roast.: Facing refers to scorch marks found on the... ...more the machine). If you don’t keep this area clean, the sensor won’t be able to read the temperature inside the roast chamber, causing the roast times to get progressively longer the dirtier it gets. That’s why it’s paramount to regularly wipe this area down with a little Simple Green, and also run a dry burn every few roasts (especially if you roast dark).
But cleaning should not end there! Sadly, this laymen-level maintenance is forgone more than you might think, and winds up taking it’s toll on a lot of roasters. We see it all the time in machines returned to us as “defective”, when it’s quite obvious they just weren’t taken care of.
Unfortunately, neglect often reaches a Tipping refers to a roast error that can be discerned by inspecting the roasted coffee, where the ends of the elongated bean appear burnt. It can easily be... ...more point that many roasters don’t come back from. But the Behmor is incredibly durable, with a very high threshold to this type of abuse when compared to other roasters in its class (or otherwise). That doesn’t mean you should buy one so you can be a careless owner! But if you do happen to find your Behmor is underperforming, try giving it a good cleaning before deciding its given up the ghost.