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FreshRoast Roaster - Jack Kohms's Review
Posted: July 26, 2001, 12:06pm
review rating: 6.0
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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: 9.6
Manufacturer: Fresh Beans Inc. Quality: 10
Average Price: $75.00 Usability: 10
Price Paid: $0.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 6 months Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: Aficionado Would Buy Again: n/a
Similar Items Owned: Not entered
Bottom Line: I really like this roaster and only wish for longer roasting times so I did not feel that I had to make split-second decisions during the roast.
Positive Product Points

Quiet operation- you can hear the 1st and 2nd crack clearly.
Small footprint- makes for easy storage (important if you live in a old home).
Ease of cleaning- roasting chamber and chaff collector particularly.
Price- purchased from sweetmarias for $69 with 4 lbs of coffee beans.
Small roasting chamber- good for me since I'm the only coffee drinker in the house.

Negative Product Points

Roasts very fast- I am still fooling with Light/Dark slide trying to extend roast time.
Timer sloppy- marks do not line up with events.

Detailed Commentary

I find that it is a good practice to clean the chaff collector after every batch.  Chaff quickly builds up and blocks the ports resulting in suddenly reduced roasting time.  Also I added a thermometer to the unit by drilling a hole just a little off-center in the top (you want to just miss the screen hold-down that is in the center but do not go too far or you get on the up-angle of the top and the probe will hit the glass) so I can get more consistent roasts.  I also pre-heat the unit by cycling through a  5-minute empty batch.

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