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FreshRoast Roaster - Tony Reynolds's Review
Posted: September 23, 2001, 8:36pm
review rating: 7.0
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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: 8.4
Manufacturer: Fresh Beans Inc. Quality: 8
Average Price: $75.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $0.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 6 months Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: n/a
Similar Items Owned: Not entered
Bottom Line: This is good machine for someone who isn‘t willing to mess with a popper and doesn‘t want to spend $$$
Positive Product Points

- Small
- Quick roasts
- Relatively quiet
- Inexpensive for a purpose-built roaster
- Auto cool cycle

Negative Product Points

- Tippy design
- Gets hot to touch
- Small batch size

Detailed Commentary

I managed to find one of these, in the box at a local St. Vincent DePaul store, and paid $10. It looked like it had been given as a wedding gift and was perhaps used once if at all.

I was able to find some green beans and found that even without instructions, it was easy to use.

The chaff catcher works well, though the unit CAN produce a great deal of smoke if you are running dark roasts and roasting indoors. I rigged up a "smoke-catcher" with some sheet metal parts to use with my down-draft vent-- no more smoke.

The unit has a relatively small batch size, only able to roast about 1/2 cup by volume or 3-4 oz. by weight. This is about enough for one strong pot of coffee. Successive roasts go faster and faster, so as the machine gets hot, less time is needed.

I have dropped my roasting chamber and broke the glass chimney. I can order another chamber/chaff collector from the importer for about $16, but have not needed it as I mostly use A West Bend Poppery Mark 1 now.

If you pay more than $60 for this unit (from Sweet Marias), you‘ve paid too much. Though a good, well-designed entry-level unit, it‘s not worth the $125 list price.

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