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Finally, A Complete Roaster
Small capacity, noise, inflexibility, lack of control, poor visibility. Does that sound like your experience with home coffee roasting machines? Not to mention uneven roasting, limited body development, poor chaff control and scorching? Finally here is a machine that addresses those issues head on. The Gene Café has a flexible batch size (up to 300 grams/10.5 ounces of green coffee) making it one of the very largest capacity home roasting machines available, so, within limits, you can roast as much or as little coffee as you wish. Operation is so quiet you can hear the beans rattling in the chamber. You can adjust both the roast time and temperature as many times as you wish "on the fly" during the roast process. Time and temperature are independently variable, and the controls and indicators are easy to use and see. The large slowly rotating glass chamber gives you unparalleled visibility of your coffee throughout the roast.
With it's one-of-a-kind "vortex twisting" bean agitation, the Gene Café assures an exceptionally even roasting of your coffee. The efficient chaff collector attaches to the end of the machine, so you don't have to remove it first to get to your roasted beans (thereby spilling chaff back into your freshly roasted coffee). The combination of variable heat selection, even heat distribution, and agitation helps protect even beans grown at lower elevations (softer) and decaf beans from scorching.
You're In Control
The unique and innovative design of the Gene Café makes it a sort or hybrid between the better attributes of a convection type drum roaster (Alpren Rost, Hot Top, Behmor) and the hot air fluid bed roasters (iRoast 2, Fresh Roast ). Drum roasters generally develop better body, and fluid bed roasters are exceptionally fast, resulting in enhanced acidity (not the stuff that rots your esophagus but like the crispness in a fresh apple or dry white wine). The "vortex twisting" (imagine your hands griping the pedals of a tricycle and rotating--they go in the same direction, but one goes up and one goes down) allows a drum like agitation of the beans, while the flow of hot air through the roasting chamber heats the beans in the same way a fluid bed roaster does. So you get superior body development and enhanced acidity, resulting in a noticeably greater depth of flavor in the cup.Some of the better roasting machines allow you to pre-program roasting profiles, but once the roasting begins, you have very limited ability to adjust that profile (if at all). So you sort of have to know ahead of time exactly how your coffee needs to be roasted. But what if things don't go as planned? Although it is admittedly a manual operation, you are in total control and can determine for yourself when to ramp up the temperatures if you want to "stage profile" roast. If you want to simply allow your beans to heat in a continuous progression to a certain temperature, you can do that too, and you can change the temperature or time setting at any point during the roast by a simple twist of a reasonably sized knob. Your setting and the current conditions are displayed on the control panel right in front of you. A small point, but these controls and indicators are oriented "face up" instead of to the side, so you don't have to bend over to see them (a blessing for those of us of a certain age who have graduated to bifocals!)
Unlike other roasters that simply have a "timed" cooling cycle, the Gene Café cools to a preset temperature. If you don't want to use the cooling cycle, you can stop the machine and dump your beans into a colander or bowl-once again giving you flexibility.
It's the Best
We know it's expensive, but given the control you have over the roast, this is the roaster for the dedicated home coffee roaster. It is our "go to" roaster. It is the one we use to roast for all our cupping trials. We really appreciate the flexibility of the roaster. It allows us to "tweak" the coffee to get the absolute most out of it.
This is the roaster that will take your home roasting experience to a higher level. Need a small shop roaster? The manufacturer even says it can be used for light commercial applications. Over the top? Maybe, but so what?
The Gene Café comes with a 1 year warranty from the manufacturer. North American service is handled by Batch Coffee (www.batchcoffee.com)
All Gene Cafes ship with 6 pounds of green coffee (our choice) for FREE!
If you are unsatisfied with your green coffee purchase, we will issue you a refund in the form of an in-store credit. Since coffee is a food item, we can't take it back once it leaves our control. We will work closely with you to insure you get the quality you expected at a price that is fair. This offer is good for 30 days from the date of shipment. We will faithfully adhere to this policy for every customer, unless that customer is repeatedly abusing it. We withold the right to deny refunds, in rare cases, where a customer is repeatedly ordering coffee and then asking for a refund.
Home Coffee Roasters
The Gene Cafe and Behmor 1600 Plus are covered by a 1 year warranty from the manufacturer. The Fresh Roast SR-300 and SR-500 come with a 1 year warranty on the base unit and a 6 month warranty on the chaff collector, top cap and basket. Since the roasters are UL certified, the manufacturers ask that we refer all warranty issues directly to them. Although we do not directly provide repair service, we'll help you through the process to get your roaster back up and running. Should you return an unused roaster to us, we will refund your purchase minus the original shipping cost. Once you've used your roaster, we really can't take it back.
Any item not covered by a manufacturer's warranty is warranted by The Captain's Coffee to meet or exceed your expectations. If you are dissatisfied with your purchase for any reason, you may return the item to The Captain's Coffee for a replacement or refund in the form of an in-store credit. This offer is good for 30 days from the date of shipment. If applicable, the manufacturer's warranty will supersede this warranty for items sold by The Captain's Coffee.
We currently ship to any location in the US with the notable exception that Note that Hawaii Department of Agriculture regulations won't allow us to ship raw coffee to Hawaii.
If you select the "Captain's Special" shipping method, please note that the choice of carrier and delivery method is then entirely at our discretion. For local pick-ups, please allow 24 hours for us to prepare your order before dropping by to pick it up. Shipping weight is calculated in US Pounds.