I personally have been enjoying using the FreshRoast+. It seems to be as
quiet as the original, and I like the bigger load and slightly slower
cycle. Also, the roast-to-roast times are more consistent, i.e., if I
roast consecutively one roast after the other, the roast times don't
continue to shorten as much as the original FreshRoast. Some of the
smaller bean types do tend to congregate in the top of the roast chamber
(peaberries), but they come down at the end of the roast.
I had a long talk with Tim at FR the other day, after calling about
getting a replacement roasting chamber for my FR+, since the stainless
mesh screen at the bottom of the chamber was coming out. (The high temp
silicone adhesive was letting go...) He was very nice and we covered a
lot of ground, we even discussed making a 1 pound roaster using a
propane blast heater, which I have thought of, but he actually DID. He
is very nice and is dedicated in his efforts to produce a great roaster.
(He doesn't sell dehydrators...)
For the person (Carl?) that was looking at an adhesive for the bakelite
portion of the chamber, you could try epoxy, but epoxies don't do very
well in high heat, and they're brittle. High temp silicone would be
better, as it remains flexible. Try a good brand like Dow or GE. (Forget
DAP...) Make certain that it says "high temp", not bath caulk.
As for the Mandheling, I got a sample from Tom with my new FR+, and was
so impresssed that I ordered 5 pounds with my next order of beans (25#,
should keep me going for a couple of months). I thought the cup was
exactly as some have described it: very smooth, slight chocolate
aftertaste, not bitter at all. I roast 15-30 seconds into second crack
on almost all of my roasts.
(...driving off the Big Seattle Chill with my roaster)
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