Try a popcorn popper before buying the Fresh Roast Plus 8
Positive Product Points
It works with some experimentation - see below If you are thinking of buying the fresh roast to see if you like roasting your own coffee, why not try an old popcorn popper first? If it passes the test, you are more than half way to purchasing a Caffe Rosto CR-100 as your first roaster.
Negative Product Points
cheaply built, my chaff collector lid broke from a 2 foot fall out of the lower cupboard
This roaster is simple to use and it works, but it is cheaply built for the price. I like the chaff collector, but for a modified popcorn popper it should be half the price.
I had absolutely no luck getting a decent roast with the instructions provided - I have to pre-heat the roaster and add 3 scoops of green beans instead of 2 in order to get a full city roast in 8 minutes.