Like the “Energizer Bunny” the Fresh Roast roasters just keep on roasting!
Cool button - starts a 3 minute cooling cycle
Digital timer - preset for 5.9 minutes, you can increase or decrease the time.
5 oz. batch
by Anonymous on July 28, 2010
I've run through my second Fresh Roast 8 and have replaced it with the SR300. The SR300 is an improvement over the 8s; the main improvement is that it roasts about twice as much coffee at a time. It comes with a digital rather than a mechanical timer which ought to make roasting a bit more repeatable. I also think the chaff catcher design makes for easier emptying.
It's main fault right now is the lack of rigidity in the assembled unit which has the roasting chamber and chaff catcher loosely perched on top of the base. This shows up not when you are roasting but when you move the unit or bump it (if you leave it on the counter): it can lead to the whole stack toppling over with potentially very bad results (the handle of my 8 broke off from such an accident). So I carefully put the unit back into the shipping carton after each use (I roast two batches at a session). It would be nice if there was some sort of locking feature that
by Anonymous on February 11, 2010
I've used the Fresh Roast and Plus 8 for personal use for several years (I grow Kona coffee), and stick to the simplest machines because if an electronic component goes wrong, the machine becomes useless. The SR300 is so far a great machine -- large capacity and quick roast (the 5.9 minute setting roasts at medium). I'm still leery of the electronic timer -- will see if it is hardy.
by Anonymous on October 7, 2010
I went through (2) French Roast 8’s as well. They both broke. This roaster is far superior, does double the batch, and controls the batch much better. I still sit and tend my roasts since I like a full city roasts and different beans take different times to achieve this level of roast. The electronic timer is fine but when I increase the time by toggling the “UP” button, it makes the motor slow WAY down. Weird. I tried roasting outside on a cool and breezy day and it more than doubled my roasting time. In fact, I never even got to the second crackle. You have to be out of the wind and at ambient temperature. Still a great home roaster.
Highly recommended. Fixes the two main problems with the FreshRoast8. This one has a digital timer in lieu of an imprecise dial timer, and twice the roasting capacity. With the digital timer, you get MUCH more consistent roasting times and results, and with the double capacity, it's much faster to get your beans for the week roasted. It's a stellar performer. DON'T carry it assembled, however. It's even less stable that way than the FreshRoast8, and it would be easy to drop and break the top pieces.