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Topic: Fresh roast home coffee roaster. (3 msgs / 71 lines)
1) From: Dan Bollinger
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Welcome, Ray!  Home roasting is being revived in the US, too.  I'm told =
that it is quite likely my great grandparents roasted all their coffee.  =
I'm sure that is true, they grew and raised all their food.  Dan

2) From: LOIS & RAY BAKER
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Hello there from down under in New Zealand. We generally don't have =
access to the range of home roasters or the depth of home roasting =
knowledge available in the U.S. Coffee is big down here but not home =
roasting as far as I can see.
This site has rectified that, now that I have found it.I have a earlier =
model" Fresh Roast Home Roaster" purchased recently from the back of a =
shelf and long forgotten by the retailer.I have read that it is possible =
to slow down the roast cycle and make other modifications( if at all =
necessary). Has anyone used this roaster and can bring me up to =
speed?.Comments please. Thanks, Ray. 

3) From: Jim Schulman
Hi Ray,
You can slow down the original Freshroast model (there's a slider in on the 
base of the old one, but not the new one) by doing one or more of these 
things.
1. Dial in a cooling spell of 15 - 20 seconds. Tim, the FR designer's, original 
recommendation was a 20 second spell three times, each after one minute 
roasting time. I like doing 10 to 15 second cooling shots after the first crack 
to stop the onset of the second crack. Each spell would make the coffee a bit 
less acidic.
2. Replace the top half (sieve part) of the lid with a flat sieve (spatter guard) or 
anything else with a rougher mesh (including the interchangeable new FR lid). 
The original FR lid is very restrictive. This will extend the roast by a minute or 
two. Barry Jarrett, a very good microroaster, uses the original FR as his 
sample roaster with this modification alone and roasts small 40 to 45 gram 
lots.
3. Extend the roast chamber by 1 1/2 to 2 inches. A Campbell's soup can be 
cut to size for this purpose (Thanks to Catherine Marley for this tip). This 
slows the roast as well. It also allows for an even roast with slightly more 
beans (60 to 65 grams instead of the usual 50 to 55).
Hope this helps,
Jim Schulman
On 21 Aug 2002 at 21:12, LOIS & RAY BAKER wrote:
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