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FreshRoast Roaster - Michael Wagoner's Review
Posted: March 9, 2015, 10:24am
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Jon Stout 9.50
Steve Pacenka 9.00
Jerry Kalpin 9.00
Arnie Quinn 9.00
Joseph Hession 8.75

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.8
Product Reviewed: SR500
Manufacturer: Fresh Beans Inc. Quality: 9
Average Price: $75.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $139.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: Burman Coffee Traders Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 2 months Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: none
Bottom Line: Inexpensive, fast, easy, good buy.
Positive Product Points

Easy to use.
Beans are visible while roasting.
Air flow completely controllable. Temperature has three settings.
Time is adjustable.
Easy cleanup.
Small footprint.

Negative Product Points

Temperature has only 3 settings, it would be nice if you could adjust it more.
Gets very hot during operation.
Small batch sizes.

Detailed Commentary

A small, quick (usually in under 15 minutes) way to roast your beans.  The machine is slightly bigger than my coffee grinder, just a bit taller.  It is a glorified hot-air pop corn popper with extra controls.  If you've mastered roasting via a pop corn popper, you will love the extra control (and extra lack of mess) that this machine provides.  If you are new to roasting (as I was) this machine is a wonderful place to start, and maybe it's all you need.

I roast once a week, but all I'm providing for is my wife and myself.  I roast one to two batches and that gets me through the week.  The roaster comes with a measuring cup, the instructions say you can put 4 scoops in; I find 3 to 3 1/2 to be plenty.  It will also depend on the beans as some roast up larger than other beans do.

When you start roasting, I start at a low setting on the temperature and turn the fan up as high as it will go, my objective is to dry the beans; this will take about 2 minutes.  Then I turn the temperature up to high, turn the air down to about 3/4 and wait and watch.  I want the beans to rotate, to move around, but I try to avoid the 'mexican jumping bean' look.  I will also (at this point) increase the time to as high as the timer will let me (which is 9.9 minutes).  Not that I will roast the entire time on the clock, but I don't want it to time out on me.  I will control how long the roasting goes on.  About 3 to 4 minutes after I've turned the heat to high, I will start hearing the first crack.  Soon, it sounds like 'rice crispies' going off.  I listen for that sound to diminish and by then the beans have changed color and I hit the button for the cooling cycle.  

I let it go all the way through the cooling cycle, then (using a oven mitt) I dissemble the chafe catcher and empty  it and move the beans to a colander to cool off.  

I'm still experimenting to find the beans that really work for me.  Keeping a diary of the beans that I've roasted.  Want to get a temperature and humidity gage to keep track of what it is when I roast as I believe that may play a part in the roasting - oh, and I roast in my garage.

Buying Experience

Buying from Burman's was fast and easy and included 3 one pound samples to get started with.

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