The Fresh Roast SR540 is a fluid bed air roaster featuring 9 heat and fan speed adjustments, respectively, an improved glass roasting chamber for visibility, and a nifty chaff collector that makes clean up easy. If you are used to roasting on an electric popcorn popper, the Fresh Roast SR540 offers the features you are missing.
The Fresh Roast SR540 is a new and improved version of the much-loved SR500 with an updated control board. There is a single knob that controls heat, fan, and time - just push the knob to toggle between parameters. A quick turn of the knob to the right will display real-time temperature readings - no need to add a thermocouple to the roast chamber! There are now 9 levels of heat adjustment compared to having a Low, Medium, and High adjustment. 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 will eliminate most of the smoke. The SR540 does a great job of agitating the beans and the new, wider roast chamber allows for a more even roast compared to the SR500. Switching to "cool" in order to extend the roast is a good trick to help with roast control.
Please note: The chaff basket and top lid from earlier SR roasters will not fit on the new SR540 because the new roast chamber is much wider in diameter.
|Batch Size||5 oz|
|Control||One control knob for temperature, fan speed, and time.|
|Roast Time||5-10 minutes per batch|
|Heating Source||Electric element|
|Dimensions||11.5" x 7" x 7.5"|
|Manufacturer||Home Roasting Supplies|
|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.|
|Cons||Smaller batch sizes, No smoke suppression|
|Pros||Chaff collection, Cooling cycle, Easy to clean, Easy to use, Great visibility, Quietest air roaster, Small footprint, Very simple to use|