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FreshRoast Roaster - L C's Review
Posted: December 28, 2006, 7:45am
review rating: 6.0
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
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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: 7.6
Product Reviewed: FreshRoast +8
Manufacturer: Fresh Beans Inc. Quality: 7
Average Price: $75.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $85.00 Cost vs. Value 7
Where Bought: Sweet Maria's Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 1 month Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: The machine does the job as advertised.  Now,  about the service.....
Positive Product Points

Good and affordable roasting entry product.  I will continue to use for small batches.  As opposed to the Gene Cafe, I was clearly able to hear the first and second cracks.

Negative Product Points

Service from freshbeaninc.com was adequate but not real helpful.

Detailed Commentary

I figured since I purchased a relatively high-end espresso machine (Quick Mill Anita), I might as well top off my coffee enhancement experience by roasting my own beans as well.  

Despite my negative comment about the timer, I was able to set off the smoke alarms in my attempt to achieve a dark roast.  This was my first attempt at a dark roast, and setting the timer at 7.5 minutes (with a 2 minute pre-heat, plus adding a bit more than the suggested two scoops) definitely did the job.   I just wanted to see if I could get that oily, French roast bean thing going.  I did, at the expense of startling my wife (and the cat) out of their respective socks with the smoke alarms.   The darkest roast previously attempted was a City +, which did not create a lot of smoke; nonetheless, my ventilation technique has been adjusted.  

I have had the roaster for a month now, and have only roasted about 6 batches.  I am starting to appreciate the tastes I get from the lighter roasts.  I thought I was strictly a dark roast person before.  Also, I think the Anita has helped me achieve extracting those unique flavors inherent to the different beans.

Buying Experience

I purchased from Sweet Maria's, who also threw in 8 - 1/2  pound bags of green coffee beans - sweet!

Three Month Followup

Well, 3-months have gone by and I have purchased yet another roaster - the Gene Cafe.  I did this not so much because I was dissatisfied with the FreshRoast +8, but thought I needed a larger bean roasting capacity.  The FreshRoast performed reasonably well.  I had to keep my eyes and ears open during the roast because relying on the timer alone did not guarantee what I wanted, plus every bean is a bit different.  Nonetheless, I was able to achieve about any roast I wanted.

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