Hello. This is my first post on this forum. I have finally decided to bite the bullet and see if home roasting is an option for me. I have an ancient TNT Popcorn Popper that I will try first, but I know I will want to try the air popcorn popper very soon after that. The problem is that most sites, including this one, list
poppers that have long been discontinued, including the vaunted Poppery II. I find this and other poppers mentioned on the Recommended Air Popcorn Popper Design page (http://www.sweetmarias.com/airpop/airpopdesign.php
) listed, used, on eBay for like $30+. No way I'm gonna pay that for a smelly sticky old thing that may not even work properly (may have a bad element), and I couldn't find one at thrift shops, so I'm looking to buy a NEW popper. There are many available for cheaper than $30, but the problem is that not all of
them meet the criteria of
having vents that swirl the chaff upward. The other day I looked at a Presto at a store and it had the disrecommended mesh screen at the bottom. I have seen mentioned the Kitchen Gourmet Hot Air Popcorn Popper, supposedly available at Walgreen's, but a search yields no results at all for any popcorn poppers at Walgreen's, so I am guessing that this is yet another recommended discontinued model.
My purpose in starting this thread is to try to get people, who have recently bought and successfully used a currently available air popcorn popper for coffee roasting, to list
what machine it is and to comment on their personal experience with it. Please only provide currently available models. Please provide the exact name and model number of
the product so people can easily find it with a search engine in order to compare prices. Provide a link to the manufacturer's page describing the model you got, if possible. Mention what type of
air flow mechanism it has because manufacturers don't provide this. Presumably it should have the louvered vents shown on the recommendation page:
Talk about pros and cons of
using this particular machine. Tell us what you like or dislike about it. This would be very helpful for people like me, who are just starting out, and, I suspect, for others who are looking to replace an aging machine with a new one.