Simple, Reliable, Dependable, Perfect first roaster!
Positive Product Points
Easy to use
Great for anybody leery of home roasting
Truly fresh coffee made very easy
Negative Product Points
Basically the FreshRoast+8 is a suped up hot air popcorn popper (which are MUCH cheaper) but then again the FR is designed for coffee roasting where as poppers are not!
Nothing negative really, really is a good for what it is roaster!
I know, I know you have been prowling around coffee geek for some time now. You have taken the sage like advice of the others and got a good grinder, and then you upgraded your $10 Mr. Coffee maker. You are now enjoying coffee far better than you ever thought possible. Your happy and content but still have a lingering curiosity if home roasting could offer even better coffee.
After much debate you finally decide to take the plunge. You don't have any hot air poppers around not to mention you don't want to have to modify anything just yet and the Hottop is way out of your budget. You feel a little swamped in the options, after all you aren't quite sure what the best roaster for you may be. You decide on the FreshRoast+8 because it's cheap and seems really simple.
You have made the right choice! The FR+8 is truly a great first roaster. The controls are very straightforward with only one dial. You control the amount of beans you use to repeat results and simply turn the dial to cool when you decided to stop the roast. It really is that simple. You can watch the beans the whole time to monitor roast progress so getting the perfect roast is simple. With practice you'll be getting the best freshest coffee of your life! The FR+8 is also very quite so listening to the roast is very easy. Not to mention that since the batch size is small there is hardly any smoke what so ever making this a roast anywhere machine!
I love my FR+8 for its ease of use, dependable repeatable results and all out performance. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to try home roasting because it's hard to not get good results with the FR+8. Although I have moved on to a bbq drum set-up I still use my FR+8 all the time for a back-up small batch roaster.
Purchased from Sweet Maria's, great service hands down!