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Topic: Tom's FR+ update (48 lines)
1) From: TFisher511
I hope I didn't give the impression that I was not satisfied with the FR+, it 
is a quiet and frequently used addition to my roaster collection. It seems 
they all have advantages and disadvantages. 
Just like the 150 mpg automobile engines, the perfect home roaster has 
probably already been invented. Tom just bought all the production rights so 
he could keep selling all these somewhat less than perfect roasters as they 
become available on the market. 
Tom, you can't fool all of the people all of the time. But I did order some 
of the Aged Yemen *and* the organic Colombian.
Terry F
Good coffee is still hits the spot when it's in the low 80's in January. I 
used to live next door to Ohio. Born there too.
I have not noticed this with the Plus model we used for testing. I 
will try to see if I can add more coffee and get it to do this. One 
tricky thing is that Tim at Freshroast told us after we had printed 
our tip sheet that the metal "Fill To" band on the roast chamber was 
not correct, and that people should use 2 heaping scoops which is 
equal to about 100 cc by volume. In comparing the average "2 Heaping 
Full Scoops" he recommends with the Hearthware 1/2 cup roast scoop, I 
would say the Freshroast batch comes up about 10-20 beans shy on 
average. So you could use a very level scoop of 1/2 cup and be in the 
ballpark. As many have netioned, the roast times are slower too, a 
good thing. We adjusted our tip sheet to reflect the scoop 
recommendations and the slower roast times after we realized the 
error...
Tom
I have the problem with the beans kind-of pulsing and pushing a blob 
up into the chaff collector. If you tilt the Freshroast+ at an angle 
while roasting, the beans circulate very evenly and they don't clog 
up the top. It is a pain holding the roaster at an angle, but better 
than banging on the top to get the beans down and the air flowing 
again. I'm sure a prop of some kind can easily be used to do the job.
Wonder what blocking off some of the holes on one side of the 
roasting chamber would do for the bean circulation? You would have to 
be very careful not to restrict the air-flow too much and cook the 
roaster.
Terry F
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