Very simple to use, just set the timer and it does all the rest. Nice even roast, collects the chaff in the lid, nice cool down cycle and the beans are very visible. Looks great too!
Negative Product Points
It is quite noisy, I like to be able to hear the cracks while the beans are roasting and it makes it difficult to hear them.
I like the Gourmets ability to consistently roast coffee the same each time. I generally elevate the front legs a little (1/2") to cause more bean movement, to help make sure the beans all roast evenly.
It has a mechanical timer on it that I like better than the dial on it's sister machine the Precision. I feel I am able to set it more accurately and get closer to the desired roast, although rarely do I go thru a roasting cycle with out moving the timer, either for more roasting time or directly into the cooling cycle.
The cap of the Gourmet is Stainless Steel, which I like too; I have dropped it several times! I have also dropped the lid of my Precision, once- and had to order another!
Sometimes it can be hard to hear the coffee cracking, I just remove the lid when I'm outside- this can also be helpful if it's been awhile since you've cleaned the glass.
Sweet Maria's is a great place to buy from! Tons of good coffee roasting information.