After roasting for over a year with a Behmor machine, we're moving up to a Sonofreso 2 lb. fluid bed roaster to kick off Crazy Goat Coffee Co.
Don't get me wrong, the Behmor is a marvelous roaster to fine tune your chops and learn about the smell, sounds, and look of coffee at various roasting stages. But the roaster's functions allow to roast at most 12 oz. (340g) of coffee beans at a time while maintaining control of the roast. The roasting and cooling cycle also takes about 30 minutes or so, which means we could roast about one and a half pounds an hour. The Sonofresco handles 2.8 pounds of green beans per batch, for about 2.3 pounds of finished roasted coffee. The whole cycle takes about 20 minutes, which bring hourly production up to 6 pounds.
Now comes the difficult part of finding a gas installer who is willing to install an appliance that is not a furnace, water heater, dryer or range.