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Date: 20 Aug 2007 14:42:12
From: k2
Subject: Any Bravi coffee roaster users?
I'm trying to get some user feedback on some usage questions I have
about this system. I've posted this on coffeegeek.com as well so I
apologize to those who might see this twice:
------------

Recently retiring my iRoast for a Bravi (model #A8200) there are a
couple of issues that I'm trying to work through in getting used to this
machine.
Yes, it is a bit of a drag that I can't adjust the roast mid cycle and
if I get it wrong I've literally wasted a 1/2 lb of coffee beans in the
process. I've lost at least 3lbs already between my regular and decaf
coffee "break in" processes. But overall I'm much happier with the
consistent roast I get over the iRoast.

More at issue is the chaff collecting problems I'm running into. At the
end of the roast, while the chaff tray has a fair amount of deposits, a
large amount is getting blown out in to and out of the ventilation port
and throughout the unit itself. This is causing a pretty big mess, both
in the machine and in the surrounding roasting area. In order to clean
out the machine, I have to hoist the entire machine over the garbage
can, tip it over (remembering to take all parts off of it first) and
shaking the bits out of it... and of course I get out the vacuum cleaner
to suck up the junk blown around the kitchen.

Is this considered normal? or would this be a defective system I'm
working with here?




 
Date: 23 Aug 2007 04:02:22
From: Ed
Subject: Re: Any Bravi coffee roaster users?
On Aug 22, 10:43 pm, k2 <karlk...@spiritnospamone.com > wrote:
> Ed wrote:
> > I do get
> > chaff, but I empty the tray and the exhaust filter after each batch.
> > It depends on the beans how much chaff there is.
>
> So you do get chaff spilling into the exhaust chamber and this,
> depending on the bean, should be normal?

Yes, the air stream carries some chaff with it out the exhaust. I
never have a batch that does not carry some chaff out the exhaust.
The short exhaust comes with a screen over it to catch the chaff. You
really should not be surprised that you get chaff in the exhaust. I
do not know how you could not get some chaff.

Ed



 
Date: 23 Aug 2007 00:43:15
From: Ed
Subject: Re: Any Bravi coffee roaster users?
I have a bravi and am pretty happy with it. It seems to produce very
consistent roasts. I use it in my garage with the door open or
outside in the shade. You have to be sure and rest the bravi between
consecutive batches because if it overheads from numerous consecutive
batches then the lid will warp. This happened to mine within the
first months and they replaced the lid under warranty. I sent the
unit back and they cleaned it up and fixed it up nicely. I do get
chaff, but I empty the tray and the exhaust filter after each batch.
It depends on the beans how much chaff there is.

If you pay attention to the smell, you can tell if you beans are
getting too far done and hit the cool button (or open the lid). I
don't think it is the perfect machine, but it is a big step up from
most of what is out there IMHO.

Ed



  
Date: 22 Aug 2007 19:43:22
From: k2
Subject: Re: Any Bravi coffee roaster users?
Ed wrote:
> I do get
> chaff, but I empty the tray and the exhaust filter after each batch.
> It depends on the beans how much chaff there is.

So you do get chaff spilling into the exhaust chamber and this,
depending on the bean, should be normal?


   
Date: 22 Aug 2007 23:29:37
From: Craig Andrews
Subject: Re: Any Bravi coffee roaster users?

"k2" <karlkras@spiritnospamone.com > wrote in message
news:fais8h01lve@enews2.newsguy.com...
> Ed wrote:
>> I do get
>> chaff, but I empty the tray and the exhaust filter after each batch.
>> It depends on the beans how much chaff there is.
>
> So you do get chaff spilling into the exhaust chamber and this, depending
> on the bean, should be normal?

Yes, that's completely normal. The chaff that doesn't fall through the drums
holes gets sucked out the back end of the drum, past the fan blades & into
the exhaust snout.
Craig.



 
Date: 20 Aug 2007 18:16:52
From: Craig Andrews
Subject: Re: Any Bravi coffee roaster users?

"k2" <karlkras@spiritnospamone.com > wrote in message
news:fad1rq01j5e@enews4.newsguy.com...
> I'm trying to get some user feedback on some usage questions I have about
> this system. I've posted this on coffeegeek.com as well so I apologize to
> those who might see this twice:
> ------------
>
> Recently retiring my iRoast for a Bravi (model #A8200) there are a couple
> of issues that I'm trying to work through in getting used to this machine.
> Yes, it is a bit of a drag that I can't adjust the roast mid cycle and if
> I get it wrong I've literally wasted a 1/2 lb of coffee beans in the
> process. I've lost at least 3lbs already between my regular and decaf
> coffee "break in" processes. But overall I'm much happier with the
> consistent roast I get over the iRoast.
>
> More at issue is the chaff collecting problems I'm running into. At the
> end of the roast, while the chaff tray has a fair amount of deposits, a
> large amount is getting blown out in to and out of the ventilation port
> and throughout the unit itself. This is causing a pretty big mess, both in
> the machine and in the surrounding roasting area. In order to clean out
> the machine, I have to hoist the entire machine over the garbage can, tip
> it over (remembering to take all parts off of it first) and shaking the
> bits out of it... and of course I get out the vacuum cleaner to suck up
> the junk blown around the kitchen.
>
> Is this considered normal? or would this be a defective system I'm working
> with here?


I haven't read you post on the CG forums yet, but I own both a Swissmar
Alpenrost & a Bravi. No, that's not normal., but maube you just have some
extra chaffy beans there. {;-) If you have a little too much & you think
it's impeding the exhaust airflow out too much, just take off the exhaust
"snout" & empty it out in a bag of whatever right beside you.
Craig.



  
Date: 20 Aug 2007 16:51:16
From: k2
Subject: Re: Any Bravi coffee roaster users?
Craig Andrews wrote:
> I haven't read you post on the CG forums yet, but I own both a Swissmar
> Alpenrost & a Bravi. No, that's not normal., but maube you just have
> some extra chaffy beans there. {;-) If you have a little too much & you
> think it's impeding the exhaust airflow out too much, just take off the
> exhaust "snout" & empty it out in a bag of whatever right beside you.

well, the problem is worse then this since a fair amount (doesn't take
much) is blowing through the exhaust system into the the adjoining area,
i.e., my kitchen, and is making a mess.


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Date: 20 Aug 2007 15:11:25
From: Flasherly
Subject: Re: Any Bravi coffee roaster users?
On Aug 20, 5:42 pm, k2 <karlk...@spiritnospamone.com > wrote:
> I'm trying to get some user feedback on some usage questions I have
> about this system. I've posted this on coffeegeek.com as well so I
> apologize to those who might see this twice:
> ------------
>
> Recently retiring my iRoast for a Bravi (model #A8200) there are a
> couple of issues that I'm trying to work through in getting used to this
> machine.
> Yes, it is a bit of a drag that I can't adjust the roast mid cycle and
> if I get it wrong I've literally wasted a 1/2 lb of coffee beans in the
> process. I've lost at least 3lbs already between my regular and decaf
> coffee "break in" processes. But overall I'm much happier with the
> consistent roast I get over the iRoast.
>
> More at issue is the chaff collecting problems I'm running into. At the
> end of the roast, while the chaff tray has a fair amount of deposits, a
> large amount is getting blown out in to and out of the ventilation port
> and throughout the unit itself. This is causing a pretty big mess, both
> in the machine and in the surrounding roasting area. In order to clean
> out the machine, I have to hoist the entire machine over the garbage
> can, tip it over (remembering to take all parts off of it first) and
> shaking the bits out of it... and of course I get out the vacuum cleaner
> to suck up the junk blown around the kitchen.
>
> Is this considered normal? or would this be a defective system I'm
> working with here?

FreshRoast here, but roasting in the kitchen area (under an exhaust
rangehood ontop a wood foodslicer placed on the burners area), I've
little tolerance for errant chaff dispersal. Whatever there is, which
isn't much, is enough. I've a large roll of house screening the prior
owners left in the attic (for doors and windows), I made a sock from,
of sorts, for the roaster. Large not unduly to restrict flow, yet
workable for lifting off the roaster -- a quick and easy fab measured,
cutting out with snips, for stapling the resulting form together. The
actual chaff collection container unit, the lower-half that does the
brunt of work, is heavy ABS plastic. Hot as it gets, takes to water
well to wash out chaff when cycling continuously (30 seconds fan
without heat on the base before popping it back atop for the next
batch). The sock helps. I don't see but very few and fine particles
to clean up afterwards.