This is the latest-release, redesigned model.
This is the new, replacement model for our favorite little roasting workhorse, the FreshRoast8, the most popular home coffee roaster with over 60,000 units sold worldwide. It is sturdier and has twice the capacity of its predecessor. This roaster will generate abut 4.6 oz. of roasted coffee, which using our recommended coffee to water ratio, comes out to 72 oz. of coffee (or twelve 6 oz. cups). I don't know how the manufacturer and other reviewers get 28+ cups of coffee per batch!
With the SR300, you can only vary the length of the roast time. It defaults at 5.9 minutes. We find that period too short and we recommend that you use about 7 minutes to get a medium roast. On the more advanced SR500 model you can also change the temperature of the roast and the fan speed.
In our opinion, The FreshRoast SR300 is the best-value, easiest-to-use home coffee roaster available in the market today. You can roast for any kind of coffee maker, including espresso. We find the best results with 120 grams of green coffee (about two scoops), as recommended by the manufacturer. With twice the capacity of its predecessor, you may only have to roast every other day. If you do not want to roast every day, we recommend that you consider our larger models, the Behmor 1600, the Gene Cafe, or the Hottop. (However, they are much more expensive.) The unit measures 13" by 6.5" by 8" and weighs about 4.5 lbs. Shipping weight (including free coffee) is about 7 lbs.
Roasting Tips: One roast will make 8 to 12 cups, depending on the coffee strength desired. To use it, lift the chaff collector, add 4.6 oz. (that is two measures of the included scoop) of green coffee beans, replace the collector, press the on switch, and you are done! Ten minutes later, you have fresh roasted coffee! It is very important to empty the chaff basket after every use. We recommend using a natural-bristle paint brush to break the static, which causes the chaff to stick to the collector, and thus remove the chaff with more ease. Do not unplug the roaster until the fan stops by itself and the beans are cool to the touch. You can enjoy your coffee then by grinding and brewing it, but it is better if you let the roasted coffee "rest" for 6 to 24 hours, so that all the CO2 gases escape and the full flavor develops.
Note: If the roaster remains plugged into the outlet for a long period of time or is not switched to the OFF position after the COOL mode has finished, the roaster will go to "Sleep Mode", and thus will no longer operate. If this happens, switch to the OFF position, unplug and wait 10 minutes. This step will reset the roaster and will make it ready to roast again.
In summary, the SR300 is a nice introductory home coffee roaster for those that want to test the waters of home coffee roasting.
Warranty and Repair Info: This roaster is covered with a one-year limited warranty by the manufacturer, Fresh Beans, Inc. For any warranty issues, please contact the manufacturer directly at (805) 501-7731. Or simply return the defective part, including a copy of our invoice to Fresh Beans Inc. 6436 Business Park Loop "G" Park City, Utah 84098. Enclose your return address, telephone number and date of purchase in the box. The manufacturer will repair or replace the defective part. The manufacturer is very good in repairing and/or replacing defective units. If after trying with the manufacturer in good faith, you receive no satisfaction, please contact us, we will intercede for you and make things right.
Free Coffee Samples: Along with your roaster, we will include two complimentary samples (half pound each, one pound total) of excellent, farm-direct, 100% Arabica Bolivian and Colombian green coffee beans to let you start roasting as soon as you open the box! You will receive samples of our (A) and (AA) grade coffee beans. If you prefer (custom regulations, lower shipment costs, etc), we can also ship the roaster without any coffee beans. Just let us know.
Please note that this roaster is for American electricity (110 volts, 60 Hz). It will not perform well with an electrical transformer. If you need roasters for European/Asian/South American electricity (220-240 volts, 50hz), we have the 230-volts models available for the Hearthware I-Roast2, and the Gene Cafe. Please make the right selection.