The HotTop Roaster Basic Model KN-8828B-2-K (new Model) is for people who need larger batches than the air roasters, longer roasts, a commercial kind roast-and-cool cycle, and a more sturdy machine. Roasting with the HotTop Basic Model KN-8828B-2-K takes an additional effort: you need to know the sights, sounds and smells of the coffee roasting process to get the most effective results. However this technique, roasting along with your senses, is rewarded in a machine that provides a close-up view of the coffee throughout the roast cycle.
The new HotTop Basic Model KN-8828B-2-K is that the latest model and options the following enhancements over either of the earlier analog or digital models. I you roast a lot of coffee you’re going to get a lot of smoke. There is no way around it. With the HotTop Basic Model KN-8828B-2-K, you’re going to need ventilation to the outdoors, ideally by installing it under a kitchen vent hood. The roast profile reproduces the results of shop drum roaster more than the little home air roasters. This particularly suits people who roast for espresso extraction, however in cupping the HotTops lighter roasts, i’m impressed with the aromas and delicate balance of the cup quality.
The HotTop Basic Model KN-8828B-2-K is a easy and simple roaster to work. Like previous models, enjoyed by many home roasters, the new B-2-K model can be operated on automatic by simply pressing ‘Power/Start’ button 3 times. The default program is eighteen minutes and/or a target temperature of 422 degrees; the coffee ejects whichever comes first. The roaster will begin warming up followed by a beep that it’s ready. Measure and pour green coffee into the top funnel. The roaster is capable of roasting 300 grams however 250 grams are recommended – that is about 9 ounces, however you’ll be able to roast less too.
During a roast you’ll be able to override any of the settings for time, temperature, fan speed and heat component power. Want to move the roast along faster? Increase the heat component power and reduce the fan speed. While you roast the Hottop B is recording your actions. Once you have finished the roast you’ll have chance to save the program you just created. You’ll be able to save a complete of three such programs. Next time you use one of the programs if you create any more tweaks you’ll be able to choose to save over your previous program otherwise you can keep the previous one. It’s up to you.
Summary features of The HotTop Basic Model KN-8828B-2-K:
Color LCD display. Built-in line voltage control, no variac required. Built-in temperature safety features. User have to press any key to continue roasting if darker roast required when Hottop temperature display 415 F, otherwise Hottop can dump the beans and shut off the machine automatically. 15 – 17 minutes for a 250 grams (i.e. 9 oz or 1/2 lb) batch. Target time, target temperature, fan speed, or heater power can be changed throughout roast. The HotTop Basic Model KN-8828B-2-K adjusted profile can be saved and played back. Capacity: 225g – 300g per roasting (250g optimal).
The new HotTop Basic is the latest model and features the following improvements over either of the earlier analog or digital models.
- Color LCD display
- Built-in line voltage control, no variac needed
- Built-in temperature safety features. User must press any key to continue roasting if darker roast needed when Hottop temperature display 415 F, otherwise Hottop will dump the beans and shut off the machine automatically.
- 15 - 17 minutes for a 250 grams (i.e. 9 oz or 1/2 lb) batch
- Target time, target temperature, fan speed, or heater power can be changed during roast
- Adjusted profile can be saved and played back
- Capacity: 225g - 300g per roasting (250g optimal)
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