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FreshRoast Roaster - Joe Von Kaenel's Review
Posted: September 16, 2005, 6:00pm
review rating: 4.7
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Jon Stout 9.50
Arnie Quinn 9.00
Steve Pacenka 9.00
Jerry Kalpin 9.00
Joseph Hession 8.75

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.0
Product Reviewed: Fresh Roast Plus 8
Manufacturer: Fresh Beans Inc. Quality: 9
Average Price: $75.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $76.00 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: coffeeStorehouse.com Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 2 years Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: I recommend this roaster and would definitely buy it again.
Positive Product Points

Easy to use
Easy to clean
Roasts very well

Negative Product Points

Instructions a little weak

Detailed Commentary

This is my first roaster and I am now hooked. This roaster is very easy to use, www.sweetmarias.com has a very helpful tip sheet. This is a value packed little machine. The roasting process is easy to see, the machine is very quite so hearing the 1st and 2nd cracks is no problem at all. It is sensitive to voltage changes, these fluctuations don't affect roast quality. It only roasts a small amount of beans at one time, if you are looking to roast large quantities of beans this unit is NOT for you. Since I roast for home use, I do not see a need to upgrade to another machine. If you wait 30 minutes between roasts everything cools down and is ready to roast another batch.

Buying Experience

www.coffeestorehouse.com is very helpful and quick to return e-mails. It also came with 5 lbs of free green coffee beans.

Three Month Followup

The machine is a joy to use, it took a little tweaking to get the time down for different types of roasts. It is very quiet which makes it easy to hear the first & second cracks. I added a Variac which makes it very simple to repeat roast profiles. I recommend keeping a log of each roast since not all beans roast at the same rate or crack at the same temperatures. Bottom line, I would by this machine again in a minute.

One Year Followup

Nice little roaster, use it occasionally. Christmas of 2005 my wife bought me a Hottop which is my primary roaster. The Fresh Roaster plus 8 is a great beginners roaster. Works even better with a variac.

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