Roasting Tips: Roasting
With The Freshroast Plus
Freshroast is a very simple and affordable coffee roaster,
and is one the most popular roasting machines available today.
Because it is so simple and so quick to use, the Freshroast
comes in handy even if you have been roasting coffee for
a long time and have another, more expensive machine. It
is also the roasting machine that most beginning roasters
choose, but as a beginner there are many tips and tricks
that are not included in the Freshroast manual that will
help to make your roasting experience a better one and help
to keep your roaster in good working condition.
your first batch, it may be helpful to review some basic roasting
concepts which are just as appropriate
when using a roasting appliance as they are when roasting on
a stovetop in a frying pan. There are 5 main variables
coffee with the Freshroast:
of coffee: Increasing the quantity of coffee will
also increase the roast time because there is more mass to heat.
Thus, to get consistant results, always use the same amount of
coffee. Weight is a little more accurate than volume, so if you
have a kitchen scale, use it. The most common mistake that beginners
make when using the Freshroast is trying to roast too much coffee
at once. Doing this results in an uneven or incomplete roast,
and it also overworks the machine, which may lead to early burn-out.
Use the recommended amount of beans, which is 2 rounded scoops
(about 2.5 ounces by weight), and you should have great results.
Conversely, roasting too small of an amount can also lead to
such as under roasted or unevenly roasted beans.
of coffee: Coffee beans vary in density and water content,
and this has an impact on roasting time. A new crop very high grown
coffee will have a very dense bean and a high moisture content
and will take longer to roast than an aged coffee that has dried
out over time. By keeping a record, or roast journal, you will
be able to duplicate results for a particular coffee.
Temperature: The higher the temperature, the faster the roast.
If the temperature is too low, the beans cook too long instead
of roasting, and flavor and aroma is lost. If the temperature is
too high, the beans roast so quickly that the outside is roasted
but inside the bean the flavors have not had sufficient time to
develop. The Freshroast is pre-programmed with the optimum roasting
temperature for a fast, even roast. The roast chamber temperature
can be slightly affected by outside temperature. If roasting outdoors,
a very cold day may require a slightly longer roasting time.
Time: The best coffee is usually roasted for 5 to 15 minutes if
using a hot air roaster, which is generally shorter than drum or
pan roasting. At the end of the roast the roast color can change
very quickly, so accurate timekeeping is essential if you want
to duplicate results.
Voltage: Although every household outlet looks the same, the actual
voltage coming out can vary enough to impact results from location
to location. To adjust for this, you may need to slightly reduce
temperatures or increase them to adjust for your own particular
voltage. To insure consistant results, it is best to use the same
outlet every time you roast, if possible.
More Freshroast Tips:
*Pay close attention to the entire roasting process. The Freshroast
roasts very fast, thus it is very easy to burn the beans the first
few times if you are not careful. When the beans have reached your
desired roast stage, manually turn the knob to the cool setting
and note the elapsed time so you will know it for your next batch.
Because of the speed of the roast and the very high temperatures,
you should never leave the machine unattended during the roast
cycle. Doing so could pose a real fire hazard if the beans are
extremely over roasted.
*Never do back to back roasts. Doing this will overheat the machine,
possibly burn it out, and certainly it will shorten the life of
the machine. The Freshroast puts out over 400 oF heat continuously.
This is like running a hair dryer on the highest setting for 10
minutes. Extreme heat will build up through the base of the machine
during the roast cycle. By giving it a rest of at least 45 minutes
between batches you will allow the heat from the first batch to
dissapate before adding more heat with the second batch. You will
have more consistant roast results and your machine will keep working
for much longer. With proper care, there is no reason why your
Freshroast will not be able to roast 1000 batches or more. We have
one at our shop that is up to batch 600 or so and is still going
*Dump the fresh roasted coffee into a metal pan after the cycle
completes to speed up the cooling process. The roast chamber and
the beans are usually quite warm after the cycle completes which
allows further cooking of the beans, which could detract from the
quality of the roast. Removing the beans from the roaster and keeping
the chamber and chaff collector separate from the base until everything
cools will alow the machine to cool down much faster, which may
help to prolong the life of the roaster.
*Let the coffee rest for 12 to 24 hours after roasting before brewing
it. This allows CO2 to de-gas from the coffee and the flavors to
fully develop. Coffee is at its flavor peak between 12 and 24 hours
after roasting. Thus it is better to roast once a day or every
other day (depending on how much coffee you drink), than to roast
enough coffee for a week on one day. This approach is better for
the longevity of the roaster too!
*Always clean out the chaff from the chaff collector between each
roast. The roast jar does not need to be washed after each use.
A slight build-up of roasting oils on the surface is OK. Do wash
the jar if enough oils build up to become a fire hazard or if it
becomes too difficult to see the beans during the roasting process.
Wiping the chamber out with a paper towel is also a quick way to
clear out excess oils and chaff and will reduce the necessity of
*Roasting produces a lot of smoke! If you have a very sensitive
smoke detector and you roast indoors, you will need to roast directly
under your stove vent hood with the fan turned up high to prevent
setting off the fire alarm. Never disable a fire alarm when roasting
you forget to turn it back on, it could fail to save a life if
a real emergency happened!
If you experience a problem with the roaster the best option for
troubleshooting and/or repair is to contact the manufacturer right
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Park City, Utah 84098
If this does not solve the problem or you have difficulty contacting Freshbeans
contact our customer service:
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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