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BonsaiDoug
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Espresso: Gaggia Classic
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Roaster: FreshRoast SR500
Posted Sat Jul 13, 2013, 6:53am
Subject: Any happy SR500 users?
 

I'm ready to move on from my Air Crazy popcorn popper. Small batch roasting is okay as my wife and I only drink 6 or 7 cups per day (individual Chemex pour-over).

Seems like the FreshRoast SR500 would make a good next step. Plus, I'd like to be able to roast some beans darker than the air popper will allow, for my espresso fix.

So, any happy SR500 users?

TIA!
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Location: Thornhill, Ontario Canada
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Espresso: Aerobie Aeropress
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Drip: Krups Moka Brew, BraZen
Roaster: Freshroast+8, Behmor 1600
Posted Sat Jul 13, 2013, 11:10am
Subject: Re: Any happy SR500 users?
 

Having done my roasting for 2 years with an SR +8 (ancestor) I almost bought an SR500.

But I had to do the math.  I am a single coffee-drinker at home and go through around 1/2 a pound every 10 days. (I think you use more, with 2 drinkers.)  So I do 10 oz roasts that net out half a pound after roasting.  I let it rest for 3 days.  I do the next roast when I am down to 3 or 4 days supply.

But I also roast for 2 grown sons.  The extra capacity (larger roast size) makes life a lot simpler.

 
Jerry
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Roaster: FR SR500,B-1600, SC/TO
Posted Sun Jul 14, 2013, 9:10am
Subject: Re: Any happy SR500 users?
 

Not sure why you can't get darker roasts with the popper, have you disconnected the thermal-cutout?

As for my experiences with the SR500 please see the "will my smoke alarm go off" thread, I summed it up pretty well over there. If you have any other questions though feel free to ask, I'll keep an eye on this thread.
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BonsaiDoug
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Roaster: FreshRoast SR500
Posted Mon Jul 15, 2013, 5:56am
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I haven't as yet modded the popper, and thanx for pointing out that thread.
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zane9
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Posted Mon Jul 15, 2013, 9:31am
Subject: Re: Any happy SR500 users?
 

BonsaiDoug Said:

...so, any happy SR500 users?TIA!

Posted July 13, 2013 link

Very happy with this roaster. Consistent results. I would like a larger capacity glass chamber.
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kianabedini
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Posted Mon Jul 22, 2013, 3:19pm
Subject: Re: Any happy SR500 users?
 

I used the SR500 for the first couple months I was home roasting, before "graduating" to my Behmor. The SR500 is a typical air flow roaster, with all the pros and cons of such a device. The quality of this machine was high, and cleanup was a snap, except for particularly chaff-heavy coffees. I would recommend it for people new to home roasting.
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