The Behmor 1600AB Plus home coffee roaster is a simple, easy to use unit that roasts up to a pound at a time. It can capably roast coffees from different origins, with different presets or total roaster control. Choose from 'regular': coffees good for traditional brewing methods, or 'espresso': coffees good for espresso preparation.
It has pre-programmed roast profiles and an automatic cooling cycle. If you want more control over your roast, you can roast in manual mode to control the temperature and drum speed. The 1600AB has a stronger motor compared to the original 1600 Plus, allowing for better control over the roast. At any time, you can view the temperatures of the inside the roasting chamber and the exhaust vent.
The dual-use buttons are fully explained on the Behmor website.
This roaster makes perfect sense for those who want to roast 1lb batches - more than what most other home roasters can produce. The Behmor is ideal for light to moderate to early dark roasts - from first crack to mid-second crack.
The 1600 Plus AB has a strong feature set and is backed by Behmor's excellent customer service. If you want the DIY and hands-on experience, the Behmor allows you to see the beans roasting through the window on the door and smell some the 'smoke' and 'steam' that sneaks past the smoke removal system, which will be much more nuanced than a popcorn roaster. The cooling cycle works great and you need to anticipate the end of your roast time since it takes a while for the machine to get down to room temperature.
The Behmor is a 120v device, so you can love yourself well in the USA. Behmors are tested before they leave the factory, so if you see a little discoloration of the grill protecting the heating elements of your brand new roaster, this is a good thing. It's a sign of quality control. This is the latest version Behmor roaster with the updated control panel, matte finish, improved fans, improved small grid drum and low-profile chaff collector. The 1600AB also has double-paned glass for improved heat retention.
The smoke reduction feature makes it a pleasure to use indoors. Keep in mind though, it is not 100% smoke free. There will be some smoke and aroma coming from the machine when roasting larger, darker batches, and when opening the door after your roast is complete.
The roaster ships with a tip sheet, and all the original accessories.