Unassuming little portal to the homeroasting multiverse
Positive Product Points
Small footprint, entry price. Quick batches
Negative Product Points
Quick batches. Small batches.
My introduction to coffee obsession came from a recomendation to check out the SM's website. Lucky for me my lunch date got me this roaster the next day for my wedding. The FR is a great introduction to the world of homeroasting.
I will never tire of watching coffee roast in a fluid bed roaster. The FR gives a very gratifying show because you'll be knocking on Vienna's door after only four minutes or so. I've heard a few ways of slowing the roast but short of the variac that I never tried this thing is still a quickie.
A big plus to this roaster is the fact that since you are looking at about a 2 oz. batch you can blend different roast levels of the same bean to give you a really balanced cup.
When my roaster was new I was a bit put off by the excess silicon calk holding the glass to the base of the roast chamber.
After a few months the top of the base of the unit developed a few radial cracks. A couple of tries to reach the manufacturer's rep. in SLC got me an offer of replacement for what was a superficial non-issue. I didn't want to deal with down time to dance around with a warranty. I've probably roasted 100 batches with my roaster.
I just upgraded to the gene cafe because I was always wondering just what I was missing sending my beans from room temp to 400 some odd degrees in four minutes or so.