Behmor 1600 Tip Sheet

As with any new product it is always wise to read the manual provided. This tip sheet is not meant to replace the manual, but rather act as a supplemental reading.

  • Prior to first roast it is imperative that you follow the Systems Check and Preparing to Roast instructions (found in the manual) as well as remove all packaging material, accessories, etc.
  • You will then want to make sure that the drum is mounted correctly. This entails inserting the right ended square peg first so that the round notched end fits into the bracket on the left side. You have succeeded when the drum moves freely.
  • Because of the smoke-less nature of the Behmor, roasting can be done both indoors and outdoors but be aware that low temperatures can slow the roaster down. Note: that "smoke-less" does not necessarily mean "smoke-free" so beware that bigger batches and longer roasts will tend to produce more smoke. As such, you may consider a stovetop hood or fan to accompany your roaster.
  • For those of you seasoned roasters out there you may be aware of chaff and the problems it can induce if not handled properly. To those of you who may not be as familiar, chaff is the skin of the coffee beans that detaches during a roast. This is why your roaster is equipped with a chaff tray. Your job is to vacuum out this chaff tray after each roast, to prevent the build up of excess chaff as this creates a greater fire danger on a dark roast. For this reason you may want to have a fire extinguisher nearby just in case. Should a fire start however, DO NOT open the roaster door. Consult the manual for safety precautions and for safe measures never leave your roasting beans unattended.
  • Following the roasting procedures and maintaining your machine properly will keep your Behmor at its optimal performance level. This includes a proper cleaning every 3-4 roasts, which can be done using the "self-clean" cycle or manually with a mild detergent. It is also important to keep an eye on the batch sizes as the Behmor is sensitive to batch weight.
  • Over time you may notice that your roaster gets less hot due to decreased sensitivity of the internal sensors. This may be resolved by a simple cleaning of the areas in front of the sensors. If that doesn't do the trick, your sensory may need to be replaced altogether. Note: darker roasts will degrade your sensors quicker. Should your sensors need replacing, contact Behmor for more information.

For those that like dark, dark roasts:

The manufacturers of Behmor have come up with this product that is simple to use and produces consistent results with the push of a button. Nice, unless you like your roasts very dark.

Follow these simple steps. We have tried it with very good success without noticeable negative flavor imp act..

Disclaimer: Lost Dutchman Coffee Company offers the following information to be used with great care and is not responsible for any mishaps that may occur including fire, personal injury, or property damage that may result from using this tip sheet. This is only meant to be a guide for use by responsible roasters (humans).

1.) Standard charge is 320 grams = 0.7 lbs. Preheat your beans in the microwave for 60-90 seconds. Your beans should be very warm but not so hot that you can’t stick your finger in them.

2.) With this level of preheat, put the beans in the roaster and roast as normal. Watch the beans carefully and do not leave the roaster unattended. You may find that you will have to take the Behmor into cool with 60-90 seconds remaining in the P1 cycle (with roast time advance maxed out), depending on the desired roast level.

3.) It can't be stressed enough to not leave the roaster unattended at any time, especially towards the end of the roast cycle. Remember, the beans are already pretty hot going into the roaster. Green coffee tends to catch on fire at around 500 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature is about 40-50 degrees higher than any palatable roast level, but left unattended, pre-heated coffee beans can reach this temperature in the roaster.

One other caveat: different microwave ovens have different power levels. That said, microwave time recommendation is very approximate (we assume a microwave power level of between 1000-1200 watts).

Happy Roasting!

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