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The 1kg North Coffee Roaster (TJ-067-G or TJ-067-E) ship in a single crate, dimensions and weight listed below.
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Included with every roaster:
Phidget 1048 Thermocouple USB Interface
Graphical Coffee Roaster Manual
To Complement your Roaster
Questions? Call Mill City Roasters at 612-886-2089
Coffee enthusiast and eventual entrepreneur, I did my research before I bought a roaster, over 4 months of research actually. I talked to the team at Mill City and another supplier, I read data sheets on all brands, types, and sizes of roasters. After narrowing down to Mill City, I found two people who owned the roaster and talked to them before I put in an order (I even went to see one of the machines in action). I chose Mill City over 2 other options I had narrowed down to because of the time Mill City invested in me before I spent a penny with them. I knew if they would invest this time with me, if I actually did have a problem or a question after purchase, that they would be the company to resolve it or answer it. Just as an example, I spoke to Steve for over 20 minutes on the phone about my coffee experience, what I want from a roaster, and where I want to be after learning it before he even knew what state I was calling from. After I placed the order I spent the next 4 months as a student of the game and learned everything I could about roasting. Mill City pointed me to the right books, websites, and of course, the people they have there were a tremendous resource. After I got used to the machine I felt I was doing well. To get to that point, I had several contacts with their team and even sent a sample out for them to cup, to which they gave true honest feedback.
I had some hiccups along the way with the machine. First, the manual is written for gas, my unit is an electric, so I wasn’t piecing it together well; but after a couple weekend phone calls with Mill City I figured it out. The biggest hiccup I encountered was an electrical issue I had that turned out to be a breaker. Long story short, tech support that worked around my schedule not theirs, over nighted replacement parts to meet a deadline of mine, and detailed walk through instructions while on the phone, and I’ve been running 100% ever since.
Mill City sells you a service and a roaster, that comes with direct honesty and their integrity attached to it, and that made all the difference to me. I firmly believe anyone making an investment in machinery find the right fit in a supplier, and that can be personal or strictly financial. Through my research, I found Mill City to match both criteria.
I could go on and on and on…and on about how fantastic this machine is, but I’ll be brief. This machine is excellent. I’ll start off with the ONLY negative: the fuses. Don’t even try and use them. Just swap them with high quality fuses as soon as you get it. Ours blew a week into roasting, and then the spares that came with it blew a couple weeks later on Christmas eve as I was roasting last minute orders that were placed…that was a fun hunt for fuses. I’ve been using these fuses now from Home Depot for five months without any issues. (*We’ve since redesigned the circuit. No more trips to HD on a Sunday evening. Steve)
Our shop, Nudge Coffee Roasters, puts over 100lbs of green through this a week. We bought this machine because we were expecting 50lbs at the most for awhile, but seven months later, we’re a lot more than we planned on. Despite that growth, this machine can handle it just fine. When roasting that much, definitely make sure the chain and bearings are lubed, chaff collector is clean, and duct is clean. Otherwise, you’re good to go, and go, and you get the point.
We had to run 18 feet of vertical 3″ duct with a 90 degree joint and the airflow just fine. We are in a large building between a grocery store and Dollar Tree, and we get their shoppers coming in frequently inquiring of the “roasting popcorn” smell.
This roaster is the real deal. That’s it.
I would like to begin by saying I am a novice in coffee roasting, so I loved the idea of calling a company and talking to a real person, which is how my relationship with Mill City Roasters began. During my initial call I confessed my lack of knowledge of roasting with Nick, who along with being helpful and knowledgeable, started an email conversation between myself and Dave, who, Nick assured me would be most helpful. After a message to Dave I had an appointment set to travel to Minneapolis the following week to hang out with Dave and see the roasters in person.
When I walked into the Mill City building Dave met me in the hallway and a minute later I had a cup in my hand and we were talking about coffee and roasting, and minutes later we were roasting a batch of Guatemalan Huehue.
From the first call to after the trip to Minneapolis, the customer service has been fantastic and it is comforting to know that if questions arise help is just a phone call or e-mail away. Now the only thing left to do is wait for my new roaster to be delivered.
I promised Steve I would wait until we got some batches under our belt on this excellent roaster, until I wrote this review (one can see where this review is headed towards). We wanted to give an open, honest, and unfiltered review, that could assist anyone interested in going Electric. First off, you may be asking yourself; how loud is this roaster? I was always interested in discovering the answer to this question before making the commitment to buying, but I couldn’t find anything in reviews (electric model not gas). IT IS QUIET!!! Like Microwave quiet. In fact the loudest part of the roasting cycle isn’t the actual roasting, its the cooling (which is by fan), and even that is hardly worth using noisy to describe it. It does take some initial time to get the drum up to roasting temperature (about 15 – 20 minutes), but lets be honest it isn’t gas powered, so that’s to be expected. I will say that it performs better than most gas powered models, in holding drum temperatures for continuous roast batches. After that initial warm up time prepare to bang off roast after roast with only minutes in between.
FYI: I am in no way a seasoned professional roaster. Yes, I own a roaster/cafe and we roast every week on it for clients and cafe patrons. Before talking to Steve and purchasing our Electric 1 KG, we roasted coffee on a Behmor home roaster. On this machine we learned the basics, was able to achieve around 200 or so roasts before we reached our limits and decided to upgrade. We’re still a small cafe and have a growing customer base. Let me put it to you this way, we haven’t had any complaints so far and anytime we sell our coffee, we get nothing but high praise. The TJ-067 Electric is a serious contender and the best bar none when it comes to Electric Style 1 KG. Before making a commitment to buy, I decided to to an exhausting search to try and find a better/cheaper roaster. That search was unsuccessful (200 google pages later and numerous forums). Even if you do find a better deal, most of you will concur that good quality service is even harder to find. Steve, Dave and team are an exceptional group of people. Ask them any question, and expect an answer or an update the same day.
The issues we’ve been facing with the TJ-067 aren’t in any way serious, and the vast majority are to be expected with this style of drum. For instance; don’t expect all the chaff to be collected in the cyclone. We usually have to get the vacuum out and clean up the chaff that escaped through the roaster door and slots that house the residue collection tray. Again; not a big deal. If you have the extra coin I would say invest in upgraded exhaust tubing. The tubing that comes with the roaster is rated for the roaster maximum temperature but doesn’t seem to be holding up long term or even short term wise with moderate usage. When the roaster reaches around 400 degrees smoke starts to permeate all around the hoses. FYI: stay away from anything that’s polyethylene. When we were installing our Roaster we used an aftermarket HVAC hose that our contractor left us, not knowing any better we used it to vent out heat from the cyclone. This material isn’t rated for the max temps that the roaster creates and will smoke (melting from the inside out). If anything start out with the tubing that is supplied in the crate but look into Class A or Class B tubing when you can, maybe even have it professionally installed. Trust us, its worth the money and will save many head scratching later when trying to troubleshoot.
That’s it for now. Do call or email Steve if you have any questions or if you are interested in buying one of these crazy under-priced beauties. Mill City also has this new device that literally makes indoor roasting a breeze. It traps and filters the smoke that roasters create, making venting outdoors obsolete. Wish we had the coin for this as it would terminate the complications New Jersey weather throws at us each year. Also if you’re interested in buying Green Coffee Dave Borton is your man.
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