Fresh Roast SR700 Home Coffee Roaster
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- Computer interface allowing you to operate the roaster from your Windows PC. Compatible with Window XP
- Windows 7 and Windows 8.
- Each modification to your roast can be saved
- allowing to you replicate the exact roast profile in the future.
- At any time
- you can modify and save stored roast profiles without actually re-roasting.
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The Fresh Roast SR700 Coffee Roaster is the 4th generation of our coffee roaster line. This new model allows the operator to plan out the entire roast beforehand, entering precise points of heat, fan speed and length adjustments; load the beans and sit back and enjoy the show! Adjustments can be made during the roasts. The roasting profile can be saved for exact future roasts. Your Windows PC will need a USB port. Your SR700 roaster can also be operated manually, independent of your computer. Software is compatible with all 32 and 64-bit Windows XP, Vista 7 and 8 operation systems.
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After trying several times to use other people's "profiles" or "recipes" to roast beans, I decided to use the machine stand-alone (like the SR500 works) and focus on sight, sound and smell to learn more about roasting. This is pretty helpful. The software that comes with the machine is PC only. There is another program (Google it) called OpenRoast that will let you use a Mac to control/operate the roaster. There is a Facebook group for the FreshRoast roaster, users of OpenRoast and another for Home Coffee Roasters. They are all a wealth of knowledge and help!
On manual mode, it works pretty much like other Fresh Roast models so unless you want to develop stored recipes for your computer, there is no significant reason to purchase this over the SR500, for example. EVEN WITH A STORED RECIPE IN THE SR700, NO ROASTER SHOULD BE RUN UNATTENDED DUE TO FIRE RISKS.
The biggest drawback to this as a teaching tool is that its fan noise makes it harder to hear first and second crack sounds critical to judging roast levels.
The biggest drawback to this as a routine roaster is its small capacity (about 4 oz). The Behmor 1600 with its 1 lb capacity is the most practical home roaster for those who don't want to roast every 3 or 4 days but it also has limitations. Regrettably, there is no reasonably priced home roaster that allows instrumented, computer controlled roast profiles as is done by professional roasters on larger equipment. The closest are professional sample roasters that cost a few thousand dollars though some capable techies build their own.
Current home roasters, used well by owners who have climbed the learning curve, can produce excellent results that allow owners to have the freshest possible coffee and to experiment with various beans and roast profiles. Home roasting, like home brewing, is a way to have what you want when you want it and requires similar effort (though a lot less cleaning). This model is one good way to start, but not the only one.