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