Fresh Roast SR500 with 5 lbs of beans
|Pros||Inexpensive, High degree of control, very quiet, easilly replaceable parts. Good choice for experimenting with blends and espresso|
|Cons||Small batch size compared to more expensive roasters|
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Love My SR500 Review by Bob's Garage
Aftertaste Body Sweetness Acidity Balance/Harmony
I have been enjoying roasting with my Fresh Roast for over a year now and have learned a lot!Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes, absolutely !!! Fantastic.
I usually start the roast with lowest heat and highest fan speed for a minute and a half, just to dry out the beans and get them moving without burning.
Then I switch the power on and off to reset the timer to 5.9 minutes. I switch the heat to highest heat and reduce fan speed to 3/4. As the roast progresses, I gradually reduce fan to 50%, keeping the beans moving fluidly.
I like to stop the beans just prior to second crack.
Every time I roast in the house my smoke alarm goes off. I have been roasting on my garage workbench.
I drilled a hole in the lid of the chaff catcher so I can insert a candy thermometer through the chaff basket and into the roast chamber. It works great and helps to see the temperature of the roast.
All in all, I really enjoy the coffee I roast with my SR500 and have a lot of fun doing the roasting. I recommend the SR500 to anyone wanting to get into roasting.
There's nothing better than fresh home roasted Ethiopian Yergicheffe!
(Posted on 4/22/13)
Terrific Review by RPR
Balance/Harmony Aftertaste Body Sweetness Acidity
At first, I had trouble getting even results. After a few tries, I figured out that you leave the fan as low as possible at first, then turn it up once a minute or so for a few seconds, then back down. This makes sure all the beans get bounced around, and you can get a very even roast, all the way to French and Dark Roast. I could probably do it blindfolded now using the smell, and crack sounds.Attributes: ** Roaster Review **
Without a vented stove hood, I have to roast on my unheated back porch with the windows open. Even with the temperature at 40F, I can get roasts all the way to French or Dark. The ambient temperature no doubt affects the time it takes my roast, but not the quality.
My only minor complaints - the fan's lowest speed isn't quite low enough and surges; the power cord is too short; when you go to cool-down, the fan should go to high speed automatically but stays at the last setting; a 3 minute cool-down seems too short to me given the same fan is blowing through the same place it has just been heating for 6-8 minutes. (Posted on 3/4/13)
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes, absolutely !!! Fantastic.
Absolutely awesome Review by NCBob All my reviews
Body Sweetness Acidity Balance/Harmony Aftertaste
I recently purchased a SR-500 roaster for myself as a birthday present. Up until now vie been using an air popper with fairly good results.Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes, absolutely !!! Fantastic.
Now after using the Fresh Roast I doubt I'll ever let myself be without one again.
It's dead simple to use and extremely consistent. Right now it's making such good batches at the default settings the only thing I am doing is setting the cooling cycle based on how dark a roast I want.
I highly recommend the SR500 roaster with the fan control, as you can adjust how much airflow hits the beans at different stages of the roast.
I took it over and showed it to my Mom and my brother, and my brother is giving up his roasting skillet and getting one. We both love the batch size, it's just right for how much coffee we usually drink in a week. (Posted on 10/26/10)