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The Fresh Roast SR700 is a fluid bed air roaster featuring heat and fan speed adjustments, a glass roasting chamber for visibility, and a nifty chaff collector that makes clean up easy. The SR700 functions similarly to the SR500 with the addition of a USB port and simple roast profiling software that allows you to save and replay specific roast profiles.
The Fresh Roast SR700 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. You can also control the SR700 from your computer using software included with the roaster.
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. In terms of price and control over the roast, the SR700 is in line with the discontinued Hearthware iRoast2, but the SR700 has a more intuitive interface and a quieter fan. The SR700 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 SR700. Switching to "cool" in order to extend the roast is a good trick to help with roast control.
The SR700 functions similarly to the SR500 with the addition of a USB port and simple roast profiling software that allows you to save and replay specific roast profiles.
|Batch Size||4 oz|
|Control||push-button digital display or PC connect|
|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||Fragile, It can take a little while to figure out the settings., Small batch sizes|
|Pros||Compact, Easy to use and clean, Good visibility easy to hear the cracks, Small footprint., You have full control over your airflow, heat and agitation|