The i-Roast2 was thought to be a goner about a year ago. Although many home roasters covet this product, the US importer told us more than a year ago that it was unlikely they would be bringing it here any longer. They had rejected a defective shipment in 2009 and that seemed to be the last batch. But, one final shipment has arrived in the US and we have been informed once again that this may be the last. We have secured a number of these roasters and expect them to move quickly. If you have been waiting for the return of the i-Roast2 don’t wait long too long to act !
This round of roasters is identical to those in the past with the exception of the two preset profiles. In the past one of those profiles was intended for a fast or dark roast, the other for slow one. Now, the profiles have been replaced with one preset for high chaff coffees, the other for low chaff coffees. These designations are being made by i-Roast; they say Preset 1 for high chaff coffees is exemplified by Central and South American; Preset 2 is for beans with medium to light chaff such as Arabic, African, Indonesian and decaffeinated. Decaffeinated coffees are very low in chaff but guessing chaff based on sweeping origin generalities just is not accurate. Preset details are as follows.
The i-Roast 2 by Hearthware is profile programmable home coffee roasters and has a real fan base. This i-Roast2, which replaced the i-Roast a couple of years ago, adds several desirable features to an already well-established and popular product. This unit is fairly sophisticated, inexpensive and is one of the few roasters capable of producing dark roasts for the home roaster. Get them while you can.