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FreshRoast Roaster - David D's Review
Posted: June 15, 2007, 2:01pm
review rating: 2.5
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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
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
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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: 6.0
Product Reviewed: Fresh Roast Plus 8
Manufacturer: Fresh Beans Inc. Quality: 6
Average Price: $75.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $90.00 Cost vs. Value 5
Where Bought: Green Beanery Aesthetics 5
Owned for: 2 years Overall 6
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: No
Similar Items Owned: none
Bottom Line: Try a popcorn popper before buying the Fresh Roast Plus 8
Positive Product Points

It works with some experimentation - see below
If you are thinking of buying the fresh roast to see if you like roasting your own coffee, why not try an old popcorn popper first? If it passes the test, you are more than half way to purchasing a Caffe Rosto CR-100 as your first roaster.

Negative Product Points

cheaply built, my chaff collector lid broke from a 2 foot fall out of the lower cupboard

Detailed Commentary

This roaster is simple to use and it works, but it is cheaply built for the price. I like the chaff collector, but for a modified popcorn popper it should be half the price.

I had absolutely no luck getting a decent roast with the instructions provided - I have to pre-heat the roaster and add 3 scoops of green beans instead of 2 in order to get a full city roast in 8 minutes.

I found that there are 2 ways to fix the under-roasting for my machine (http://www.cistron.ca/fresh_roast.shtml)
a) pre-heat and add more beans
b) tweak the fan speed

I wish I had tried to use a popcorn maker for my first roasts, and saved up some money for a better roaster.

CoffeeGeek has its own tips and tricks page for popcorn popper roasting
http://www.coffeegeek.com/guides/popperroasting

And you should think about spending the extra money on this roaster - http://www.coffeegeek.com/reviews/accessories/cafferosto - I've used both and the Rosto is worth the extra money.

Buying Experience

I am very happy with the Green Beanery. The sent my Espresso machine, grinder, roaster and beans in the mail quickly and for a descent price.

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