The SR700 is the newest model of Fresh Roast available, essentially bringing programming and computer control to the existing SR500. Capacity remains the same as the previous models, but the SR 700 comes equipped with fully programmable computer software that allows you to view, save, and duplicate roast profiles for all preferences of coffee roasting. The program works with Windows® only and does not work with Apple products or other OS at this time.
The roaster, which now has a USB input port, comes with a USB sync cord along with the program for you to simply plug in and begin. The program enables the user to adjust all variables such as time, temperature, and fan speed at any time during the roast. Once a profile has been perfected you can save it and replicate it. You can also make changes to the roast profile even after the profile has been saved, allowing the user to tweak a profile if they so desire.
While the roaster and software are designed as a pair you can still roast without being attached to a computer. The "mode" switch on the panel toggles between computer and physical controls, with one mimicking the other. You will enjoy this roaster best if you intend to use it connected to a computer most or all of the time. If not, select the SR500.
Like the other models in the Fresh Roast lineup, each can roast coffee dark, desirable for those into that style, however, these roasters do not offer smoke suppression. If you roast dark expect to roast under an oven exhaust hood, near an open window or outdoors if the weather is warm enough to not reduce thermal efficiency. Roasting outside in the cold will negatively affect your roast.
Roasting capacity is about 4.5 ounces or 130 grams of green coffee, enough to yield 18 to 20 cups. You may find better roasting results and control of roast using 3 scoops instead, particularly on the SR300 which does not have variable fan speed.
Here is a comparison chart of the Fresh Roast models:
Model SR500 - All of the above features plus:
Model SR700 - All of the above features plus:
Both models share the same physical body and dimensions. What is different is functionality, which can be seen clearly by looking at the plainly laid out controls.
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The Fresh Roast SR 500 is a new and improved version of the Fresh Roast Plus 8, and a more powerful alternative to the new Fresh Roast SR 300.
Offering the same roast capacity (4 scoops, 120 g) as the Fresh Roast SR 300 (twice that of the old Plus 8), the SR 500 features three temperature settings for easy adjustment at any time during the roasting process: 490 degrees (high), 455 degrees (medium) and 390 degrees (low).
Fan Speed Control allows for fine tuning of the roast and adjustments of + or - 10%. Beans are their heaviest at the start of any roast, with fan speed control, beans can be kept fluid to ensure an even result. As beans become lighter, lowering the fan speed will protect beans from chipping.
As an added bonus: the unit's transparent roasting chamber affords a front-row view of coffee as it roasts. Learn a lot from just looking! Versatile, simple to use with results you can rely on, the Fresh Roast SR 500 is a great deal more for a great deal less.
A compact footprint allows for easy storage. Parts are readily available.
Important: If the unit remains plugged into an outlet for a long period of time or is not switched to the OFF position after the COOL mode has finished, the machine will go to the "Sleep Mode". The machine will not operate. If this happens, switch to the Off position, unplug and wait 10 minutes. This will reset the unit, thus making it ready to roast again.
Dimensions:8 inch (20.32 cm) diameter x 12.3 inch (31.24 cm); weight: 4.45 lb (2.02Kg)
Warranty: 1 year parts and labor through Fresh Beans Inc. (located in Utah). Tel. 1-805-501-7731. Warranty questions can be directed to the Green Beanery: sales@GreenBeanery.ca. Please note: the unit's top cap is made of fragile glass and plastic - handle with care. This part is not covered under warranty but is available for purchase as a replacement part.
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