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Old 11-11-2014, 01:12 PM   #21
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Maybe the upgraded control panel address that issue?
Yes, it gives you manual control, and has a safety feature that you have to press a button after 75% of the roast time, to show you are watching. The same automatic profiles run parallel, and you can always default back to them at any time. There is also dual motor speeds. I almost always roast 13 1/3 ounces at a time, at a 1 lb setting. This way I can choose whatever profile I prefer, and add time during the roast as needed. The new controls allow slowing down the roast between first and second crack, rather than opening the door for the same effect.

What I like about the Behmor is the roast size, and I should now be able to do full one pound roasts. I would quickly fall behind doing smaller roasts.
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Old 11-11-2014, 02:50 PM   #22
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Yes, it gives you manual control, and has a safety feature that you have to press a button after 75% of the roast time, to show you are watching. The same automatic profiles run parallel, and you can always default back to them at any time. There is also dual motor speeds. I almost always roast 13 1/3 ounces at a time, at a 1 lb setting. This way I can choose whatever profile I prefer, and add time during the roast as needed. The new controls allow slowing down the roast between first and second crack, rather than opening the door for the same effect.

What I like about the Behmor is the roast size, and I should now be able to do full one pound roasts. I would quickly fall behind doing smaller roasts.
Thanks. This is good info. I notice the upgraded control panel is listed on the Sweet Maria's website.
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Old 11-11-2014, 03:18 PM   #23
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Thanks. This is good info. I notice the upgraded control panel is listed on the Sweet Maria's website.
It sounds easy to install, but i have had mine from them for well over a week now, and it is not installed yet.
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There are some pretty bad one star reviews of the AeroPress on Amazon. I just mention that because I have no first hand experience with it, but it would interesting if someone here could refute the claims of some of the bad reviews.
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There are some pretty bad one star reviews of the AeroPress on Amazon. I just mention that because I have no first hand experience with it, but it would interesting if someone here could refute the claims of some of the bad reviews.
Like any review everyone has their opinion or expectations.Yet what I see looking at the 3144 Amazon reviews are that 80% (2524 reviews) of the reviews give it the full 5 stars, 11% (356) give it 4 stars, 3.7% (115) 3 stars, 2% (64) 2 starts and 2.7% (84) 1 star. I would say the reviews are extremely positive.
Amazon.com: Aeropress Coffee and Espresso Maker: French Presses: Kitchen & Dining
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Old 11-11-2014, 04:13 PM   #26
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You have to take Amazon reviews with a grain of salt. If anyone ever has an issue with something, they head to Amazon to complain. If they like something, they are less likely to go looking for a place to say so. I did not find the reviews that bad, over all.

EDIT: Or what Ian said.

For most self confessed coffee snobs, the AeroPress is by far the most common form of coffee extraction when on the go. There are very few members of the various coffee forums that don't have one to use, and many of these people have multi thousand dollar espresso machines as well.
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Old 11-11-2014, 04:26 PM   #27
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Was a story on Marketplace, on CBC TV the other night, about companies that write reviews for a fee. Marketplace created a web-site for a food truck that doesn't exist ( using Photoshop ) and paid for raving reviews of their grill-cheese sandwich.
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It also appears there there are counterfeit AeroPress that are sold online. I was checking out the Porlex grinder mentioned in this thread and when I went to the Canadian distributors site (Eight Ounce Coffee) a window opens warning that they would not offer any warrantee if you bought the grinder on Amazon or Ebay because of counterfeit units. A Google search on Counterfeit AeroPress brings up information on how to tell the difference. The same bad reviews could be from counterfeit AeroPress units the customer unknowingly purchased
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I see they are conveniently for sale at the Osoyoos Home Hardware too. What is a typical price on these?

Edit: I see amazon.com has 'em
Roughly thirty bucks - in a store or online. I got mine from Amazon.ca, because I was buying some other stuff at the same time so it would be convenient with no additional shipping cost, but local coffee specialty stores don't charge much more.

Really, it's a straightforward plastic product plus a rubber seal and a stack of filters that are worth a fraction of one cent each... much more than thirty bucks would be unreasonable, but I'm not risking getting crap to save compared to that price.
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Okay. I could use multiple quotes here, but I won't as there really is no need. When I mentioned "bad reviews," perhaps I should have been specific. But before I get into that, let me state that I have read enough reviews and believe myself fully capable of discerning reviews written by the disgruntled (I thought I was getting a pair but there was only one in the package), by the idiots (I gave it one star because it was smaller than I thought), and those individuals who couldn't tell the difference between quality and crap if their lives depended upon it. Nor am I swayed by numbers. If 95 out of one hundred people tell me that stickies are better than FG campers that doesn't mean they are right, but I would be willing to bet that stickies account for somewhere near 95% of all camper sales. And before you crucify me for saying that, it is only a guess; I do not and have not looked for data to back up my guess.
As to specifics, and before I get into the specifics, I know nothing about them other than what I have seen in pictures. NO FIRST HAND EXPERIENCE. I will never use another coffee press because I am perfectly happy drinking coffee made from freshly ground beans brewed in a drip coffee maker. I realize that a so-called "coffee snob" (not my term) would cringe at the thought. Nor would I go through the expense to purchase a home coffee roaster or the bother to use it as I PERSONALLY have better things to do with my time and as I stated earlier in the thread, rinsing the basket and the carafe is a heck of a lot easier than cleaning any coffee press I have ever used.
The only reason I posed the question is because several of the one star raters mentioned degradation of plastic mesh on the AeroPress. Admittedly, I don't even know how this piece of equipment uses plastic mesh. NO FIRST HAND EXPERIENCE. Those that did mention plastic mesh degrading did not strike me as disgruntled or idiotic. And they seemed to be merely recounting their personal experience and not attempting to discern quality vs. crap. One individual speaks of researching the mesh material and questions if he/she has been consuming something harmful to one's health. Reviews such as this give ME cause to take notice.
Ian G makes a good point. Counterfeit products often are of lower quality than the original product being copied, but not always. However, we have no way of knowing if those reviewers mentioning mesh degradation actually have counterfeits or the real thing.
Again, nothing said on this thread is going to convince me to roast or press coffee. It's just not worth the effort FOR ME. I can and used to brew my own beer. It was better than anything probably 90% of the people on this forum have ever had to drink. Nowadays I drink beer from craft breweries. Not as good as the stuff I can brew, but generally better than the garbage that the big name breweries put out. It was fine when I had the long winter months in New Hampshire to brew my own, but I have better things to do with my time now that I am in the Sunshine State. I guess everything in life is a compromise.
So let's have some follow-up here. Your thoughts on the health risk aspect. Not on percentages of reviews or how many people use the product. Those numbers are not debatable. Whether or not there is a potential health risk is.
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