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Topic: Subject: Re: FreshRoast for a starter? (2 msgs / 59 lines)
1) From: raymanowen
I got a refurbished Fresh Roast- note said "Good blower, use 2 scoops-"
5 and 6 minute roasts tasted pretty good, but I thought there must be a way
to extend the roast on the 1/4 cup measures I used instead of filling the
glass chamber to just below the aluminum strap. I thought I saw an
illustration captioned "*Fill to here*" arrowed to the bottom of the strap.
Sure puts the pedal to the metal when you overfill the roasting chamber. The
heater stays On continuously in the timed period before the 2 min cooling
cycle.
Every 30 seconds, turn the timer knob to Cool for 5 seconds then back to
heat. That reduces the heating duty cycle- and the heat- to extend the
roast. When you're done with the roast, dump the beans in your cooler and
run the roaster through two cooling cycles to keep the thermal fuse from
excess heat.
The Fresh Roast is very flexible- you can do any roast you want with it. A
quart jar full of roasted beans will take about 5 successive roasts, with
enough left over for a Zero rest pot of coffee. Tom doesn't have the luxury
of cupping rested coffee on his buying trips, so Zero is the name of the
game.
Wonder if I should send a message to the effect that flavors virtually
explode several days after roasting?  I never had the experience until  I
did multiple roasts  with my poppers or the FR. My policy of not just
watching roasted coffee forced me into the multiple roasts.
The 20 minute wait is BS- just cool the roaster after each roast on double
Cool cycles. Then you'll have plenty of roasted coffee to look at as it
rests. No matter how you roast, if you're stuck with a Go-to-Hell espresso
machine, you'll have time to observe roasted beans.
Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
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2) From: David Martin
I second that. For the most part I found that it required some care to
keep it from roasting too dark, and found it very difficult to achieve
a decent city roast. On the other hand, I recall a couple of times
early on where I was trying to reach 2nd crack, and couldn't. Could be
voltage difference, or maybe the machine wasn't 'broken in' yet. Also
I found it to be very sensitive to ambient temperature, but that's
probably true for most roasting methods.
On Mon, Jun 30, 2008 at 6:27 PM, MJR  wrote:
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