Before Hearthware developed the popular Precision Roaster, they created the Gourmet Roaster. Like the Precision, the Gourmet is an indoor coffee roaster that can roast 1/2 cup of green coffee beans at a time. It is also a very easy roaster to operate and is capable of making excellent tasting coffee with minimal effort.
The Hearthware Gourmet
The Gourmet roasts slightly faster than the Precision and it a bit louder. If you need a quiet roaster, then this is NOT the roaster for you. The Gourmet has a manual dial to initiate roasting and the cooling cycle.
The Gourmet Dial
Owners of the Hearthware Gourmet won’t need any help operating this equipment. For those that are considering a purchase, let’s walk through a roasting cycle. The first step is to lock the glass roasting pot onto the power-base. The pot has 4 tabs which glide into grooves on the power-base.
The base of the Hearthware Gourmet Coffee Roaster
Pour 1/2 cup of green coffee beans into the roasting pot. Don’t over fill the pot or the beans could roast unevenly or burn.
Pour green coffee beans into coffee roaster.
Once you have the lid securely on top of the roasting chamber you are ready to roast. Turn the knob to your desired roast. Note they label Medium as 10. To me this yields a very dark roast. Most roasts will do better in the 6 to 9 range. However, one shouldn’t merely trust your initial knob setting. Once the roast hits your desired sweet spot, you can and should force the cool down. The knob isn’t clear on exactly what number initiates the cool-down. It is just below the number 3. When the beans are perfect, turn the knob to just under the 3 setting.
Start of coffee roast.
Coffee roast moves from yellow to brown.
Coffee roast is getting darker.
Coffee roast is now completed.
Finish and Cleanup
Once the cool-down has completed, you can collect your coffee. For tips on coffee storage read Coffee Storage by Ryan Jacobs. After the coffee is safely stored, the next step is cleaning the equipment. Between each roast, you will need to remove the chaff. Open the lid on the chaff collector and dump out the chaff. Using the small toothbrush attached to the back of the power-base brush out any chaff that is clinging to the inside.
After it has cooled down, clean out the chaff collector prior to the next roast.
At the time of this writing (August 2001), Hearthware is having a close out sale on this model. What used to sell for $120 is now going for $45. This deal will not last forever. I encourage anyone interested in home roasting coffee to take advantage of this sale. You will not find a better a coffee roaster at this price.
In 2007, Michael moved to America's coffee capitol Seattle, Washington. He has visited close to two hundred different coffee places in Seattle, Portland and Vancouver and met many of the top roasters and baristas in the country. Since 2009, Michael has been the Organizer of the Coffee Club of Seattle, which is a Meetup group of over 600 coffee enthusiasts. Besides the social aspect of the group, the Coffee Club of Seattle partners with local coffee professionals for educational events such as coffee cuppings, brewing demonstrations and roasting tours.
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