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FreshRoast SR500 Automatic Coffee Bean Roaster

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  • Variable convection fan control ensures gentle, efficient circulation
  • Precise automatic operation with digital time display
  • Three temperature settings for perfect roast control
  • Speed Roast fluid motion system ensures fast, even roasting
  • Roast beans for about 20 cups of coffee in less than 10 minutes
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6 x 13 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B0034D9ONO
  • Item model number: SR500
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,231 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
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Product Description

The Fresh Roast SR500 is easy to use for the novice and fully adjustable for experienced roasters. The SR500 roasts any kind of coffee, including espresso. In addition to the features above, you are also able to adjust the temperature and time without interrupting the roasting cycle. (FOR HOUSEHOLD USE ONLY)


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Customer Reviews

All of the roasts have tasted excellent.
dj
If you carry this unit assembled, you'll want one hand under the unit and one hand pressing down on the top to hold the unit together.
Alastair L. Drong
Good quality beans always come out VERY evenly roasted (if you properly dry the beans and don't overload the batch size).
Nicholas Smith

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117 of 121 people found the following review helpful By Alastair L. Drong on January 19, 2010
I've only roasted 2 batches with this unit, but it's already a substantial improvement over its predecessor, the FreshRoast +8.

The biggest negative point about this unit is that it doesn't move the beans well at the beginning. The beans have been circulating well enough for me, but this is likely because the voltage runs at the high end of what is acceptable for household electricity (126v measured). If your home runs at the low end (110v), you may find the beans near the edge of the chamber do not circulate well and need stirred until they begin to roast, making them lighter and allowing them to move more fluidly.

The roasts I've done so far have been, by far and away, more even than anything I got out of the old FreshRoast +8 model.

After the first crack, I've been turning the fan speed down to the 1/2 way point and have found it easy to hear the 2nd crack. This never happened with the +8.

The cooling cycle starts when the timer runs out and lasts 3 minutes. I've been turning the fan speed back up to 100% for this part of the roasting cycle. Something important to remember is that during the cooling cycle, it takes the base, the heating coils and the glass chamber a few extra moments to cool, so it's a good idea to start cooling just a bit before you consider the roast 'done'.

Chafe collection works well enough to carry the bulk of the chafe to the garbage/compost. I suggest carrying the chafe collector upside down to help prevent escapees. A few bits of chafe will fall back down into the roasting chamber when the unit shuts down, but lightly blowing down into the chamber will clear these out.

If you carry this unit assembled, you'll want one hand under the unit and one hand pressing down on the top to hold the unit together.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Smith on March 21, 2013
It may take you 6 or 8 roasts, but I guarantee you will learn to love your SR500 once you find your personal favorite roast style. When it comes to roasting, if you spend time researching online and watching reviews and sample roasts you will find every extreme of advice from one end of the spectrum to the other. Most often you will hear dire warnings saying DON'T roast your beans too hot, or too fast, or too long. I say POPPYCOCK! All of the advice out there had me so tentative that I under-roasted my first 4 batches, yeilding an undrinkable tannic fecal sludge! However, now that I have 'found my roast' I LOVE this machine. You may read a lot of negative comments about the older models but my Dec 2012 model doesn't suffer from low fan speed or low heat problems, and the time can be adjusted mid-roast without the fan stopping. My only complaint is that the screen in the top of the chaff collector has a few strands starting to come out (because it is die-cut and i tried brushing chaff off of it and pulled the strands loose). Now I just blow it out to clean it. I have found that I can do very nice roasts ranging from 1oz bean samples to 4oz batches. Good quality beans always come out VERY evenly roasted (if you properly dry the beans and don't overload the batch size).

I enjoy a darker earthy roast with nutty, buttery caramel tones (just before the beans get oily). The manufacturer's recommended batch size is a bit high (it takes too long/won't finish, they bake instead of roast, resulting in poor flavor). Instead of 4 scoops or 5 oz, I prefer just under 4 oz or around 100g (slightly less for large beans like Liberica or softer beans which swell more during first crack).

Here is my preferred roast method:

Set the time to 9.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By carol White on August 5, 2010
I LOVE my new freshroast SR 500. I'm not sure I understand what some of the other reviewers are having issues with. When I put my beans in the carafe, they start jumping from the second I turn on the machine. I bought the SR500 and it has a control for the fan speed, so if at the beginning, your beans aren't moving as much as you'd like, simply turn the fan to a higher setting for a few seconds to get them started and in a few seconds, you can return the fan setting back to medium. I used the previous model, Fresh Roast Plus 8, for a few years and also liked it, but this is a MAJOR improvement. Did I forget to say MAJOR! For one thing, the carafe is significantly larger and you can roast more beans per batch. Also, because the fan works so much better, my beans are roasting much more uniformly. I'm completely happy with this roaster. As well, with the SR500, you can control the temperature and I usually lower the temperature as the beans get close to being done (I like a medium-dark roast). I thought my espresso was excellent before, but it's even better now.

My friend bought the SF300 and she is also ecstatic with the quality of her beans. Of course, you have to start with great beans to produce great coffee. I'm completely happy with the green beans that I get every 4 to 6 weeks from Espresso Vivace in Seattle (I get them shipped UPS ground) as these produce an outstanding roast. Again, when you make espresso, every minor consideration affects the quality of your shot. You need an excellent roasting machine, great beans, a great grinder and a great espresso machine. Don't forget good, clean water. And, of course, the type of roast you choose makes a big difference (not too dark, not too light, etc.). And once you've got it all dialed in, you still won't pull an award-winning shot every time. But you'll definitely pull a lot of great ones!
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