The Rebirth of the i-Roast 2

The Hearthware i-Roast2 is back... and I wish I was more excited.    It is a neat little roaster that has worked well for many, many people.  But it can be flaky, and results can vary from one machine to the next.  And you have to keep the top screens super-duper clean or the roaster overheats.  The source of most of my uneasiness though stems from the company that makes them, Hearthware;  basically they could not produce them for what was it?  two years? And they ran out of replacement parts too and could not cover warranties.  But, to their credit, when they did get machines,  they generally made good on replacements. They say they plan to keep making and supporting them. So, it's a mixed bag to say the least.  But the folks who responded to my forum post urged us to carry them - so we are - with caveats.  Like all home roasters, it has it quirks and it not quite as good as the marketing says it is.  The programming can be helpful - though, overtime, I think Tom tended to use the presets. It is functionally the same as it was previously, no better, no worse.  -Maria

Unfortunately, I wasn't aware

Unfortunately, I wasn't aware you were going to again start carrying the i-Roast 2 ... I managed to find one elsewhere and it sits here on my Coffee Bar awaiting the arrival of my first order of Liquid Amber.

I hesitated a bit before choosing this particular roaster as I researched what sort of results other i-Roast 2 owners were getting ... aside from the lack of support from Hearthware, that is. A note on that "special" problem: I am tempted to order (so as to have on hand if/when needed) those particular parts that seem the most susceptible to breakage ... dunno.

If you'd like, I will be sure to post back after a couple of roastings to let you know just what my results are with both the i-Roast and the beans. Although, perhaps the Forum would be the best place to post any of this ...

Neat! My first roaster was

Neat! My first roaster was the 2, right after it came out. I used it for a few years before I bought my behmor. Had to replace the chamber once. Fan finally became too weak as well. But I really abused it.