Easy to use. The glass roasting chamber allows for accurate visual gauging of the roast. Fan is quiet enough for one to hear the first and second crack. The chaff collector is simple and effective.
Negative Product Points
Power cord is very short and requires the use of an extension cord in my situation. I have noticed that the air circulation in the roasting chamber is very sensitive to the amount of chaff in the collector. I will elaborate on this further.
Overall I have been extremely pleased with the Freshroast Plus Roaster. I have found that most of the reviews I read prior to purchasing were correct. It is simple to use. Roasting with this machine does not require much effort! Therefore, it is something one does not avoid. Roasting coffee is fun with the FRP.
I have noticed something and I think it is important to mention. I have found that smaller beans (Colombian FNC Antioquia Peaberry for example) can get stuck, in large quantities, at the top of the roaster during the latter half of the roast cycle. When this happens the exhaust is blocked and the heat in the roaster skyrockets. This has happened during the cool cycle as well. The amount of beans I use is the recommended two heaping scoops. With these particular beans, that is far below the maximum fill line on the roaster. I always shake out the collector between roasts. I use a brush on occasion to clean the screen on the collector to ensure good exhaust flow. I don't know if the aforementioned blockage occurs because of an excessive amount of chaff in the collector during the roast or if it has to do with the size of the beans and the dynamics of the air circulation, but one needs to beware of this situation. It could be dangerous.
As most experts have warned, NEVER LEAVE THE COFFEE ROASTER UNATTENDED!!
Again, I really like the FRP and I recommend it wholeheartedly.
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