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FreshRoast Roaster - Chris Brown's Review
Posted: August 20, 2013, 8:20am
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Arrow The FreshRoast Roaster has 68 Reviews
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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: 8.2
Product Reviewed: SR500
Manufacturer: Fresh Beans Inc. Quality: 9
Average Price: $75.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $169.00 Cost vs. Value 7
Where Bought: Greenbeanery.ca Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 3 months Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: Professional Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Behmor, Sonofresco
Bottom Line: Small, simple, good control. Nice 1/4  lb roaster.
Positive Product Points

Roast control
Air control
Bean visibility
Build materials

Negative Product Points

Price to capacity not the greatest

Detailed Commentary

I have owned the SR500 for a week.  Done 3 roasts so far and I am very surprised with this roaster.  1.  I thought this machine was built out of plastic.  When I got it I was surprised once I opened it.  Looks like it may last linger than I expected. 2 Roast control is nice and as others have stated you are only limited to 9.9min roast time, nope I was able to keep adding on time to hit a darker roast.  This is a big plus for me because the electricity in my home can be unstable sometimes dropping here and there.   I bought this to use as a sample roaster ans it looks nice with my Sonofresco.   I look forward to buying again once it breaks down.

Buying Experience

Greenbeanery.ca  nice and easy.  they also sell a few replacement parts so I think I will deal with them again down the road.

Three Month Followup

Still working like new.   It's had some light use.  Can handle roasting under an hour back to back.  I have found out tho that if you exceed 1/4 lb, even by 10-15g your roast is gonna stall out... I roasted around 140g aiming for Full City and stalled at a City ++.  

PS: With a timer and temp probe you can control the roast and keep adding time until you bake the coffee.  This roast above almost hit 20min before I decided to stop it.

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