The Fresh Roast SR500 uses a simple switch for setting low, medium or high heat, a dial for adjusting fan speed (+/- 10%) and a digital timer. We like the general design concept because it doesn't try to automate anything and allows direct user control.
The chaff collector works well and although it doesn't have a smoke reducer, the top of the machine slows the flow of smoke so roasting under your oven's hood fan should work. In terms of price and control over the roast, the SR500 is in line with the discontinued Hearthware iRoast2, but the SR500 has a more intuitive interface and a quieter fan. The SR500 does a great job of agitating the beans - see the details page. We used the highest fan speed and got an acceptably even roast with the SR500. Stirring to the beans mid-roast (while it's turned off) and switching to "cool" in order to extend the roast are good tricks to help with roast control - the SR500 is a better roaster than Fresh Roast's other model, the SR300, and is worth the extra money.
Every roaster we sell is shipped with a tip sheet.
Downloadable FreshRoast Tip Sheet.
|Batch Size||4 oz (90 grams) yielding about 3.5 oz (78 grams) of roasted coffee|
|Control||Fan speed adjustment dial. Switch to set heat at high/,medium/low. Digital timer.|
|Roast Time||4-8 minutes|
|Heating Source||electric element|
|Height/Width/Depth||11.5" x 7" x 7.5"|
|Volts/Watts||110v / 1500w|
|Pros||Quietest air roaster; Great visibility; Very simple to use; Chaff collection; Durable; Small footprint; cooling cycle|
|Cons||Manual stirring or a high fan setting are required for even roasts; Some coasting as beans cool in the roast chamber.|
|Warranty||Full 1 year warranty on the Base Unit. 6 month warranty on the Chaff Collector, Top Cap and Basket. Warranty void if used outside of North America.|