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Topic: The FreshRoast Plus (2 msgs / 67 lines)
1) From: Tony
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.
Tony Reynolds
(...driving off the Big Seattle Chill with my roaster)
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2) From: Steve
The timing for my FR+ does shorten a bit with each consecutive roast. In
fact, Tim suggested a 2 minute warm up before the first batch for those of
us who like to go into second crack.
The new FR+ does take some experimenting to find the right roast for you. In
fact, you will notice most of us have talked to Tim from Fresh Roast. But I
have to say he is great to work with. Not only does he give lots of
suggestion but he sends replacement parts without hassle and has even
offered to take it back if it we couldn't get it to work the way we need it.
But it's a great machine and worth the bit of trouble up front. The plus is
a bit louder then the original but still the quietest roaster out there. It
is a mechanical machine, you can't just set the dial and walk away. It takes
manual manipulation to get it where YOU want the roast. But that's what it's
all about anyway.
I don't think a scale is required but it helps when experimenting and
keeping notes. Of course, if you want to make quantities for friends a scale
is nice since most people buy coffee by the pound or half pound.
Happy roasting!
steve
waiting for that snow they say is coming to Seattle
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