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Behmor 1600 Home Coffee Roaster

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Roast your own beans right in your kitchen with Behmor's 1600 Home Coffee Roaster. The easy-to-use roaster features smoke suppression technology and flexible controls and accommodates roasting between 1/4 to 1 pound of fresh green coffee beans.
Behmor 1600 Home Coffee Roaster

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Roast your own beans right in your kitchen with Behmor's 1600 Home Coffee Roaster. The easy-to-use roaster features smoke suppression technology and flexible controls and accommodates roasting between 1/4 to 1 pound of fresh green coffee beans.

Features & Functionality of the Behmor 1600 Home Coffee Roaster

  • Flexible roast capacity: Roast as little as 1/4 pound of coffee up to one full pound at a time.
  • Smoke suppression: The smoke removal and air filtration system reduces the amount of smoke you'll experience while roasting.
  • Sophisticated controls: A quick-start panel as well as pre-programmable options for time, roast and heat profiles make it easy to use. You can also control the roasts on the fly, too.
  • Quartz elements: Controlled via a thermostat.
  • Multi-speed Motor: For roasting and cooling.
  • Interior light: So you can easily keep an eye on your roast level.
  • Automatic diagnostics: The system diagnostics will assist with any troubleshooting you may need to do on the machine.
Pros
  • Programming - You'll love the programmable features of this home roaster.
  • Smoke Suppression - The Behmor 1600 features a smoke suppression technology.
  • Build Quality - The build quality of this home roaster can't be beat.
Cons
  • Design - The design slightly resembles a toaster oven and does not look like any of the other expensive roasters on the market.
  • Roasting Basket - The Behmor's hand-welded roasting basket often needs to be replaced over time.
Ease of Care and Maintenance 3
Ease of Use 4
Overall Value for the Money 4
How Does it Compare? This home coffee roaster offers a great value for the features it has. You'd have to spend a lot more to get better roasts.
Tips and Tricks Preheating for a maximum of 2 minutes will achieve a more robust roast for any profile you choose. We suggest roasting 3/4 of a pound or less at a time.
Model Number 1600
Manufacturer Behmor
Width 17.5 inches
Depth 12.0 inches
Height 10.25 inches
Product Weight (lbs.) 25.0000
Watts 1630W
Volts 120V
Programmability Yes
Max Roast Capacity 1 pound
Roast Level Shades Shade: Black Brown | Name: French, Shade: Dark Brown | Names: French, Espresso, Shade: Light Brown | Names: Light, Cinnamon, Shade: Medium Brown | Names: Medium, American, Shade: Medium Dark Brown | Names: Viennese, Full City, Light French, Espresso, Shade: Very Dark Brown | Names: Italian, Dark French
Material Metal and Plastic

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Behmor 1600 Home Coffee Roaster
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A shopper asked: I had read some reviews stating that this roaster doesn't do so well with the darker roasts pointing out the risk as being prone to catch fire. Is this true? How efficient is it on the darker roasts? Jul 5, 2013
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Mary C H: I love my Behmor 1600. I also love a darker roast.. I stop my roasting at the beginning of the second crack and have never had a fire problem. You have to experiment with the roasting times which can change depending on the type of green coffee beans you purchase. Some are hard some soft bean. If you stop roasting at the first sign of the second crack and hit the cooling button the coffee will still be roasting as it takes awhile for the cool down period. You definitely need to stand and watch the roasting process. You learn by doing...... Jul 7, 2013
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Trevor B: I get amazing dark roasts out of this machine. Beautiful oily beans, after they have sat for about 24 to 48 hours. However, I roast my batches at about half a pound to 3/4 pound. Roaster settings at 1 pound with this reduced volume of beans.

You have to listen to the beans and Experiment with where to push it into cooling mode after it has hit second crack. Personally, I let the beans go far into the second crack and force the cooling mode once I think it is very close to being done second crack.

I then let the cooling mode run for about two minutes… Then crack the door open partway for the remainder of the cooling cycle so that it will get those beans cool faster. You want to keep the door closed for the first portion of cooling, so that it helps cool the circuitboard on the machine as well.

I love this machine. I would buy it again in a heartbeat.

Here is two minute video of My son giving instructions on bean roasting… It is so simple even he knows how to do it :-). http://youtu.be/VpxeiF-p76U
Jul 6, 2013
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George P: We have over 200 roasts on this machine so far. I have found that the roaster has absolutely no problem with full city + - that's as far as I ever go. I have never had a fire, not even close. For some beans, I've had to lower my weight from my standard 300g batch to 250g to get dark. I pretty much always work with 1 pound P4 D no matter the weight of green. There you go - good luck. Jul 6, 2013
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Rory O: I cannot say that I have had any issues with fires after a year and half of use. I do max out the timer on the one lb roasts. I also vacuum the unit after each use and run a dry run every 5 roasts as per the instructions. As far as efficiency is concerned, I cannot provide an accurate answer as this is my first roaster so I cannot compare it to others. Jul 6, 2013
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Margaret C: We have been very happy with our roaster, but like any new type of roaster, you have to get used to the settings. We now have it roasting a darker roast by adding less coffee beans and roasting for a longer time. Our coffee is superb. As for a fire, well, anything that has a heating element could catch on fire. We have had no problems at all. Jul 7, 2013
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Peter A: We favour darker roasts and have had no problem. We followed all the suggestions Behmor made and are happy with our dark roasting. As with any system there is the potential of overroasting and I can believe catching fire is possible which is why you should attend the machine. I guess the bottom line is "how dark is dark" Jul 6, 2013
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Toni F: I don't normally roast coffee darker than a full city roast level, although I have roasted darker on occasion by mistake. I would probably not use this roaster for french or vienna roast levels. In fact, I believe that the instruction manual recommends that the roaster not be used for the darker roast levels Jul 6, 2013
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Carlos I. P: I generally used for medium roasts. I start the cooling cycle 15-20 seconds after the start of the second crack. The results are excellent. I recommend this machine. I suggest you to try the machine extending the roasting time in increments and checking the results. Jul 6, 2013
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Vicki G: It does tend to get pretty smokey with darker roasts and I have seen some chaff flair up. No real fire but I could see it happening. If you want to occasional dark roast it should work fine. If you tend to do mostly darker roasts there are better roasters. Jul 7, 2013
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David S: Hey,
Behmor does very nicely with city, city + and full city. I have never achieved Vienna or espresso roast. I would highly recommend unless you Re trying to do espresso roast.
Jul 6, 2013
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Michael F: Works for me - I just underload it (less than 1 # and use 1#, program C and add a full 23..5 minutes to the roast. Adjust weight as required to meet you taste. Jul 6, 2013
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charles c: It does great on all roasts. I usually roast medium dark. I have done dark roasts and there has never been a fire issue. I love this roaster. Jul 7, 2013
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Barbara B: How dark did you want to go? I have had no trouble with city plus or full city. I have never tried an expresso. Jul 6, 2013
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Steve C asked: The basket is made to hold average coffee bean sizes (Size B through AA), what about Size C and PB (Peaberry)? Nov 10, 2012
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Heidi S: Yes we are roasting pea berry right now and it is Awesome. You just need to listen for the for the first and second crack. We start the cooling about ten seconds after the second crack. Nov 19, 2012
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David S: I have been roasting for over a year now (2years?) and have never had beans fall out, no mater what size, variety, etc. So, I would not be concerned with beans falling out of the basket. Nov 19, 2012
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Rory O: The basket mesh is 4 mm. So with out modification, the smallest PB (3 mm) will not work. Even some of the larger beans might end up jammed in the mesh and not roast evenly. Nov 20, 2012
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robert h: I've roasted (Tanzania) peaberry several times in the Behmor 1600; the basket mesh is small enough to not have a problem turning the peaberry size bean. Nov 19, 2012
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Michael F: I don't think you would be pleased with the result. Although I have only roasted the average sized beans I still get some loss through the holes. Nov 20, 2012
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Barbara B: Hi Steve,

I have roasted both PB and Size C without a problem.
Nov 19, 2012
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Mary C H: I have roasted Peaberry in the basket with no problem..... Nov 25, 2012
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Shruthi B asked: What is the maximum temperature setting? Can I dry roast spices? What is the maintenance involved in this machine?

Thanks much
Feb 27, 2012
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Mike B: Shruthi:

The coffee roaster doesn't have a temperature setting. You choose a roast profile and weight. The roaster determines the temperatures. (Coffee roasting needs variable temperatures over the roasting period.) It gets quite hot - like a toaster oven.

The wire mesh basket is sized to roast whole coffee beans. Roasting spices would take experimentation. You could create a fire hazard, so please be careful.

Maintenance is easy. The roaster comes with a brush for cleaning out small bits that fall through the holes in the basket

By the way, Seattle Coffee Gear is excellent. Great service and great prices.

Good luck.
Feb 27, 2012
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Peter A: 1. hot enough to roast coffee beans, though sometimes it takes 2 tries for larger batches.

2. I doubt it, unless they are the size of coffee beans. I suspect they might also catch fire. The beans are roasted in a cylinder made of screen. The screen is such that even some smaller coffee beans will fall through.

3. After roasting I wait for the machine to cool and use a vacuum to sweep it out. Eventually I'll need to simple green it, there is oil accumulation over time.

Also : It needs a good vent or use it outdoors. If you roast beans dark it will spew smoke. No big deal outdoors.
Feb 27, 2012
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Michael F: The Behmor doesn't have direct temperature settings, just heating profiles and times. It will reach 460-500F (I have 'carbonized' coffee beans). I wouldn't know about roasting spices, just be aware that the rotating basket that retains the coffee beans is made of a wire mesh with ~1/4" mesh. Maintenance involves vacuuming out the chaff from the beans after roasting and doing an empty cycle every third or so roast to burn out the oils condensed inside. Pretty simple.

Mike Farrow
Feb 27, 2012
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Shruthi B: Thanks Mike! Any way we could get a smaller mesh for additional $$?

Thanks
Shruth Feb 27, 2012
Michael F: Shruthi, I didn't see any offer but the help desk was helpful and responsive to my questions. I suppose one could fashion a sleeve of mesh of finer openings and attach it to the drum.

Mike Feb 27, 2012
Rory O: There is no temperature adjustment. Depending on the program, the power is reduced at different intervals but I have no idea how that translates into temps. Roasting spices, providing they are large enough to stay in the drum as it rotates, should not be a problem. My concern would be if the spices left flavours or aromas that would adversely affect subsequent coffee roasts. I clean mine out after each use with a vacuum and then run a program with no beans after 5 roasts. Mar 6, 2012
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charles c: I do not know the max temperature but it is probably high enough for spices. This roaster will roast 2 cups of coffee beans, medium dark in 15-18 min, depending on the size and hardness of the bean, followed by 12 min cooling cycle. Low smoke. Low maintenance. Great roaster. Feb 27, 2012
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David S: I wouldn't recommend drying spices. Easy maintenance, wipe out with Simple Green every 5 uses. Clean fan every 3 months. I would recommend a Dust Buster type vacuum for cleaning out after each roast to get out all the chaff that does not stay in the chaff filter.
David
Feb 28, 2012
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Jack W asked: How quickly can the machine be serviced should I have a problem? Also, is the warranty worth the paper it is written on? Thanks. Jack Mar 1, 2012
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Nicholas C: Behmor has an excellent reputation of customer service should a need arise. Apr 24, 2013
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Warranty Information for the Behmor 1600 Home Coffee Roaster

What it Covers:

Behmor roasters, Behmor Brazen Brewer coffee maker

Length: 1 Year on roasters, 2 years on Brazen Brewer
Who Supports the Warranty: Behmor
Warranty Contact Information: Behmor online support
Notes: Please note that to receive warranty support, you must register your equipment with Behmor.
Eligible for SCG Extended Warranty? No
Can SCG Repair? No

User Manuals for your Behmor 1600 Home Coffee Roaster

Shaft Broke

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The shaft broke that rotates the basket. Had roaster for a little over 16 months. Unfortunate since it was a good roaster while it lasted.

(Posted on 8/28/14)

Learning and Loving this Roaster

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My first roaster was a Nesco Coffee Roaster, after it caught fire (my fault) I decided to upgrade to the Behmor. My early roasts were disappointing, but I found two tricks that improved the results, preheating the roster for two minutes and quenching the beans at the end of the roast.

Preheating is mentioned in the owner's manual, this requires resetting the roaster by unplugging it.

Quenching is something I learned of when reading about commercial production roasting, I open the roaster at the beginning of the cool cycle and spray a fine mist of water on the beans as the roasting basket rotates.

(Posted on 5/30/14)

New owner

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My beloved iRoast2 went to the vast beyond so it was with great trepidation that I began a search for a replacement. My coffee-roasting-guru recommended I check the Behmor 1600 out, and I am delighted that I did.

It is a very high quality unit. I only ding it on the price since who wouldn't want something like this for less $ :-)

I've only done maybe 10 roasts so far, counting the recommended the four 1/4lb break-in roast cycles. I regularly roast 1/2lb of Sumatra or Columbian. Highly recommend watching at least one instructional youtube video, and reading the directions before starting. Otherwise I feel like a pro now.

I roast in the garage, live in the woods of NH. I was able to get a very nice roast at 20deg in the garage. Just follow the recommended pre-warm cycle step. Also I keep the unit in my house when not in-use. The unit does not like starting at very cold temperatures (it actually gave me an error light for this), but no big deal just brought the unit into my house to get it back to room temp, and it's been running fine.

I just use the P1, A, 1lb setting for a 1/2lb of beans at this point. This gives me plenty of range to increase the time if necessary (and I have not had to at this point). I always pre-warm the unit as well. One thing I love about this unit is how quiet it is, I can actually hear the first crack now (couldn't really with the iRoast2). When second crack starts I just let it run until is smells and looks good.

I vacuum out the unit after each roast, and otherwise that's it maintenance so far.

Love it!

(Posted on 12/17/13)

Improve your extractions with Behmor

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I've roasted about 200 batches since Santa Claus delivered it in 2009. The machine is still soldiering on without problems, as well as when new. I started out with smaller doses, but now run 12 to 16 oz. batches (the latter with a 1:00 to 1:30 preheat). Once you settle on the best profile for the bean at hand, it's a snap -- pardon the pun -- to produce great coffee at any roast level except the blackest, overcooked stuff that you don't want to drink anyway. Since freshly roasted beans are a necessity to make good espresso, the Behmor is an easy and economical way to have them on hand at all times. I still buy a commercial bag every now and then from our local roasters, but I think mine match up well and I can control exactly how far along to take the roast. Too often, the roasted beans I buy from others are too dark and too oily for my taste. I cook just enough for a week's worth of shots; the total process of weighing, roasting, cooling, and clean-up takes about 45 minutes. I highly recommend the Behmor and suggest getting a portable, mini-shop-vac with small nozzles to make cleaning the chaff easier. Do, however, place the machine where you can vent the smoke outside. Although it has a smoke suppression system, you will still generate fumes in a closed space. And remember, it is not a set-and-walk-away device. You need to be by the roaster at all times to monitor the progress of the roast.

(Posted on 12/9/13)

Perfect home roaster

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I have had the behmor for almost a year. Since we bought it we have only been drinking delicious coffee that we roasted ourselves. We roast about 3 lbs. a week and the machine works without a flaw. We are careful to maintain it as per instructions but find even that simple. We roast about 14 oz. at a time and take it into second crack just where we like it. For the price it's a steal. :0) I would not want to be without it.

Liz

(Posted on 9/13/13)

couldnt be better

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we have had a Behmor for years now and use it regularly to roast our coffee. now we are totally spoiled. Although there are a number of options we have found a couple of settings that work well for us so dont have to think about it much. On a couple of occasions in the beginning we made a mistake and the beans ignited. I just took the machine outside and waited for the flames to die out. then cleaned it out and the machine fired up again! After about 3 years had a circuit go out but with the help of customer support was able to fix it myself after they sent the parts (under $25) - very helpful and reasonable. This machine is a workhorse and the electrical engineering top notch.

(Posted on 9/9/13)

Two year owner

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I had previously owned two other roasters. They developed weaknesses in their heading elements over time, which resulted in impaired rotating. Behmoor's use of heat light eliminates this problem and produces consistent roast over time. Infiltrate my unit had a defective wall censor, which the Behmoor tech rep helped me justify and replace. For some reason the coffee peaks later after the roast with this unit--which isn't a problem, you just need to know it. If you have problems getting the roast you want definitely contact technical support. There are specific solutions they can generate that help. Enjoy!

(Posted on 7/28/13)

Results Far Surpass the Price

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I'm pretty new to home roasting and still have my West Bend Poppery I. But the Behmor makes far more consistent roasts and is very easy to use and clean.

I'm not personally familiar with the other home drum roasters available, but from reading about them online I do know that you'd probably need to spend twice as much to get something that may (or may not) be better.

I think Joe and his team at Behmor hit a home run with this roaster. Maybe even a grand slam.

(Posted on 4/27/13)

Excellent machine: price, function and great variety of quality roasts!

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Marvelous varieties of roasts are possible on the "Behmor 1600 Home Coffee Roaster" -- even the intense Italian and French, just how I like it! It's easy to experiment with and very logical to find the perfect roast to one's liking. For the money and quality, I doubt there's anything better? [And I also have the Hottop Coffee Roaster, less roast excellence for more money! -- and bigger and heavier.]

(Posted on 12/25/12)

Best bang for the buck so far

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Owned mine going on two years. Smokes like a chimney but produces some excellent beans. Had a fan go out twice on it and the friendly folks at Behmor had replacements in the mail inside of the day.

Coming from a cheaper models this was a breath of fresh air, and good coffee. For the coin it's well worth it's weight.

If you like the darker side of first crack don't walk away from it, add time as needed and load about 13oz on the 1lb setting. I like a nice 13oz, P3, D roast with my beans but everyone can easily find their own path to walk on with this one.

Worth your coin for sure and couldn't think of better folks to buy it from. :)

(Posted on 8/18/12)

works great

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The more I use it and understand the beans the more I like it. It is a far cry from my old modified popcorn popper. Great choice for home roasting for the price. One recommendation is that you really need to do this outside or in a well ventilated garage.

(Posted on 7/30/12)

Behmoor

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3 lbs a week use. Very consistent. Ease of use. Inconvenient for multiple batches, i.e. one after the other - hot! Have Hot Top that is also very good but this one is easier to use. Pre-programmed features are OK but you have to be in attendance for the great roast. Same goes for any other roaster. The price is absolutely fab!

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Easy To Use, Easy To Clean

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(Posted on 11/3/11)

Love it!

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Before buying this machine, I had been popcorn popper roasting coffee for several years. This machine was a great upgrade as it brought great consistency to my roasting process. Thanks to the "smokeless" design it also means I can roast in my garage with the door closed without upsetting the wife too much. It is not 100% smoke free, but much better than using a popcorn popper.

My only complaint (and it is a minor one) is that the machine does not offer much in terms of programming the roast as it has a few pre-set roasting profiles which you can only adjust the time on. In practice though, I don't think this is causing me much problem. I have also found that the default profiles tend to only get you through first crack unless you extend the time on them by a minute or so.

Overall, I am really happy with the purchase. I am convinced that having extremely fresh and high quality beans is the most important piece of the expresso making process, and this machine makes it easy to achieve that!

Pros:
Great Taste, Quiet, Consistent

Cons:
Programmability

(Posted on 1/23/11)

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