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Nobody stocks Stumptown? Or Indonesian coffees?
Not me, but I'm also not surprised. They aren't exactly built to last. My most common problem is accidentally throwing out the black filter cap with the grounds.
 The Clover is a weird machine. Too expensive for home use but totally ill-equipped for commercial use. The boiler is only big enough to make 3 coffees in a row, after which it needs 10 mins to refill and heat back up.  That said, I wouldn't judge the machine based on your experience at Artis. Their coffee is really, really bad.
Curious how you like the Coil. Let us know when you get it. I've spoken with the guy who created it a few times.
 I know these guys a bit. It's a pretty good product. Curious to see how well they can scale up production to meet any real demand.
Honestly the actual roasting isn't that hard. It's pretty straightforward work. The challenge is in developing a sophisticated enough palate to know when something isn't as it should be, and to be able to identify what's off. Experienced coffee professionals (not me) can pretty easily tell the difference between a flaw in the coffee and a fault in the roast. It takes a lot of experience to know how to profile a roast to fix some of these faults.    If home roasting is...
 I don't want to cause a whole thing, but air roasters basically aren't good for anything but making coffee brown. They exist because they are cheaper and easier to operate/maintain, but it's impossible to produce good coffee with one. If your goal is to learn about roasting and to produce good coffee at home, get a drum sample roaster. 
Don't buy an air roaster. 
 I'm pretty sure these have hit the market now.
 Agreed. I turn the hotplate off as soon as the brew cycle is done. It's not that big a deal.
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