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FreshRoast Roaster - Dee Ann Abel's Review
Posted: November 3, 2000, 1:17pm
review rating: 5.0
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Arrow The FreshRoast Roaster has 68 Reviews
Arrow The FreshRoast Roaster has been rated 8.29 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since November 30, 2001.
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Jon Stout 9.50
Arnie Quinn 9.00
Steve Pacenka 9.00
Jerry Kalpin 9.00
Joseph Hession 8.75

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.0
Manufacturer: Fresh Beans Inc. Quality: 6
Average Price: $75.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $0.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 1 month Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: Intermediate Would Buy Again: n/a
Similar Items Owned: Not entered
Bottom Line: If the small capacity means you can roast quickly, quietly, and with little smoke, then I guess you could count it as an advantage instead of a disadv
Positive Product Points

Quiet
Little smoke
Fast
Can see the beans during the roast
Inexpensive

Negative Product Points

Small capacity
Maybe too fast

Detailed Commentary

I like to roast coffee either before everyone gets up in the morning or during my son's afternoon nap.  So I'd like to be able to roast indoors, and quietly.  The FreshRoast is therefore THE roaster for me.

It's very quiet.  I roast with it setting on my stove, with the fan on.  I can hear to cracks easily.

I'm not too bothered by the small capacity, especially as I am still learning.  I'd be nervous to experiment on a half a pound of beans at a time.  With the FreshRoast, I can play around with different roasts without risking much.

It doesn't take long to roast - 3 or 4 minutes plus a couple of minutes cooling time.  This is an advantage and a disadvantage, I suppose.  The advantage is that you can easily do up a half pound within a half an hour.  The disadvantage is that this may not result in as good a roast.  I dunno.  I'm happy with the coffee and that's all that really matters.

This is available for $59 from sweetmarias.com, making it the cheapest dedicated roaster by far.  I think that the price, the speed, and the small capacity make it a great introductory roaster.  If you decide on a larger capacity roaster later on, it would probably still be nice to have the FreshRoast around as a second machine, to quickly do a small quantity of a varietal that you'd like to sample.  Or some of that decaf you keep on hand for your mother-in-law.

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