Fresh Roast SR-300 SR-500

Fresh Roast SR500, w 6 Lbs of Beans You Choose

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$179.00
The best. The Coffee Project's Fresh Roast SR500 with SIX quality lbs free beans that you choose

With The Freshroast SR500 you'll roast around 5 ounces at a time in about ten minutes. When you order, you'll get to choose your six pounds of beans free.

If you see a better online value than this, point us to it. :)

In fact, after reading our page and comparing, if you STILL choose to buy your SR500 elsewhere, (or you know someone that has,) check out this special offer.

Have you seen the computer controlled SR-700 Freshroast model?

SR500 roasters are the perfect coffee gift. They are simple to use, long lasting and just right for one or two people. If you are new to roasting or experienced, these are great roasters.

The manufacturer is always improving each generation of these iconic little roasters. "Fresh Roast SR-500" and "Fresh Roast SR-700" are the newest versions of the ubiquitous Fresh Roast coffee roaster line.

New to home roasting? Read Roasting 101 for an idea of what to expect.

if you are looking for a quality roaster from a quality manufacturer, at the right price, this is it. While there are other similarly priced roasters out there on the web, we don't offer them. That's because in our experience the Fresh Roast line of roasters have always been the better choice in function and value. We only offer those roasters which are right for our customers.

The Fresh Roast SR500:

While the SR-300 was an improved version of the discontinued Freshroast Eight, the Fresh Roast 500 additionally has temperature settings. It has the same capacity and features of the 300, but it also has three temperature settings that can be adjusted any time during the roasting process.

• High temp. = 490 degrees - 1500 watts

• Medium temp. = 455 degrees

• Low temp. = 390 degrees

AND, a Fan Speed Control knob has been added that allows the finest tuning of the roast. The Fan Speed Control allows adjustments of + or - 10%.

So- Starting the roast, the beans are at their heaviest, the fan speed can be turned up to keep the beans fluid and give an even roast. Then, as the beans become lighter, the fan speed can be turned down. The slower the fan, the hotter the roast. But be aware that a lower fan speed will also not loft the beans as well, so you may want to play with beans volume a bit as well. The combinations can be endless.

You'll find that a faster roast will give you a lot more snappiness in the cup. You'll also find first and second crack (see roasting 101) fall closer together, so listen for that. Faster roast = brighter cup. A slower roast will help to draw out body. If all goes well you'll have adjusted your roaster to exactly the way you like it.

The SR series home roasters roast about five ounces at a time. This can depend somewhat on the power supply and the beans themselves. In practice you'll find that you can get away with roasting a bit more or a bit less depending on your own conditions. An extension cord for instance is not recommended because it can reduce the power supply. Roasting outside where the machine will have to heat up cold air is also discouraged. Let common sense be your guide.

Roasting coffee can produce some smoke. Managing this depends on the amount you're roasting and how dark. If you have a stove top vent that's usually enough. But if you like especially dark roasts you might choose to roast less. You won't see a lot of smoke until you get to a darker roast.

We can't say enough about the Fresh Roast line of roasters. They are our favorites. There's full visibility of the beans, smoke control is easy to deal with. Both those points can be a big advantage on their own. But the price is right too for all that they do. By roasting 2 or 3 five ounce batches you've produced as much as you would in a more expensive roaster 2 or three times the price.. Each model of FreshRoast roaster have always been a reliable and cost effective way to roast coffee at home.

Please Note: The standard warranty on glass chambers is 6 months. (Hint, allow 15 minutes between roasts for the longest life of your chamber!) The standard warranty on the blower base is one year.

Here's a very funny movie one of our customers made for us about the FreshRoast FR-500.

... Way back in 1998 was the original FreshRoast Roaster, they were good. Then came the Freshroast 'Plus', they were better. Then, the Fresh Roast 'Plus8.' Today, the Fresh Roast SR-500 and SR-700 are the best yet in the Fresh Roast line of roasters. Each generation of FreshRoast roasters have been great choices for newcomers to roasting, experienced roasters, even professionals use them as sample roasters.


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Simple to use, a perfect starter home coffee roaster, backup roaster, or daily roaster for one or two people.

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Type No
Pros Inexpensive, High degree of control, very quiet, easilly replaceable parts. Good choice for experimenting with blends and espresso
Cons Small batch size compared to more expensive roasters

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Reviews

  1. Great Product! Review by Juana
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    Hi, before I decided to buy this roaster, I read feedback from other people who reported that the Fresh Roast SR500 could not get coffee to a dark roast. I decided to take a chance anyway and well, here it is, a dark roast. I love this coffee roaster. It is super easy to use, easy to clean and hardly takes up any room on my counter. I used a combination of beans that you sent me, the Sumatra and Costa Rica la magnolia. Awesome. I'm single and I end up roasting a batch about every 4 to 5 days. For a family who drinks a lot of coffee, they might want a larger roaster but for small batches, this roaster is perfect. I love it so much that I plan on buying roasters as Christmas gifts for some of my family members.

    Thank you for selling such a great product. (Posted on 10/5/2016)

  2. Update and Comparison to Gene Cafe Review by Gerald
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    After using my new Gene Cafe roaster, and comparing it to the FR 500, the FR500 came out as my first choice. To see the details, look at the review I wrote for the Gene Cafe. The FR500 isn't perfect, but dollar-for-dollar, I think it is a better value than the Gene Cafe. Both roasters have strengths and weaknesses. But when you go to roast your weekly ration of coffee, and you have a choice of roasters, you may surprise yourself by the one you choose most often. (Posted on 11/9/2015)

  3. sr500 Review by Dave F
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    Although the specs call out the high temperature of 490 degrees , mine does not come even close to that. After purchasing a separate candy thermometer and installing it in the chamber , l have never seen the temp. get above 450 degrees. A real issue if you're looking for the darker roasts. I have since gotten a drum roaster for my outdoor grill , and I'm loving it. (Posted on 10/1/2015)

  4. Clarification of earlier review Review by Gerald
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    I wanted ro clarify a couple of things regarding the earlier review I posted under the pseudonym "Othello". I didn't realize that I needed to be logged in in order for my review to be attached to my user name. That being said, I want to respond to the comments made by COFFEE PROJECT at the end of that first review. The FR500 that I am using is NOT defective or malfunctioning. The observations I made are based on the roaster performing as designed. I do not roast continuously for an hour and a half. But, considering the small roast batch size on the FR 500, and the fact that I prefer a dark roast, the entire process of roasting, cleaning the chaff chamber and making sufficient roasted coffee for about a week's consumption (1lb.), it will take me that long unless I attend to the roaster as if it was my car coming in for pit stops at the 24 hours of LeMans race. I cannot produce a true Italian roast on this roaster. If you will look at the variety of roasting methods described by users in these reviews, you will see that they are "all over the map". Why is that? Could it be that the roaster is idiosyncratic? I kept a detailed log of every technique I used for the first three weeks of roasting with this roaster, and after more than 20 batches I could not produce a decent Italian roast. I used exclusively Columbia Medellin Supremo beans from a known source for my testing. The digital timer on this unit is ridiculous. You must push the up and down buttons repeatedly to get the timer to increase or decrease roast time in ONE TENTH OF A MINUTE increments! Quick... what is one tenth of a minute? If you said 6 seconds, you are correct. Who in their right mind would put a timer on a coffee roaster that is calibratd in 6 second increments? And then require you to stab at the up and down buttons repeatedly to get the darn rhing to work? It's positively absurd. I stand by my earlier review. If you know nothing about coffee roasters, and you are not attempting to produce a true dark roast, and tou don't mind futzing around with a completely aggravating timer, then maybe this is the roaster for you. I reiterate: this review only applies to the roaster. Coffee Project is a terrific merchant, and their other products and customer service are superb! (Posted on 9/20/2015)

  5. Not Good Enough Review by Othello
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    This is not my first coffee roaster, so I have at least some experience with which to compare the FR500. Overall, after about five months of use, I am not happy withnthe FR500. Pros: none, at least that I've discoverd. Cons: noisy, extremely small bean capacity, ridiculous timer which is very aggravating to set, case is made from bakelite, which is brittle when hot, nearly impossible to roast to a French or Italian roast level properly. I experimented with this roaster a lot. I can produce a week's worth of roasted coffee ( I drink two cups per day ) in about an hour and a half, with constant monitoring of the roaster to reset the temperature at specific times to achieve the desired roast. I can produce a barely acceptable Italian roast on the best of beans. I am disappointed in this machine and will continue my search for a good home roaster. Not recommended. However, I must say that dealing with Coffee Project has been a terrific experience. They are very, very responsive and reliable.

    ** [ CoffeeProject's comment: We don't know which customer this is. The roaster's capacity is five ounces. If the roaster is not working properly, it's best to discuss repair or replacement with the manufacturer. Running a roaster for an hour an a half is not recommended. ] ** (Posted on 8/29/2015)

  6. Best Home Roaster out there Review by Charlie
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    Ive used mine for 2 years. I believe it's the best machine out there because I can hear and easily SEE the roast. I hit cool when is time to stop and it really doesn't go significantly past the roast I am looking at. People roast differently. I prefer to stay with 5 minutes of low heat and high fan to start an even roast. I will then go to 5 min of low heat and slow fan or, med heat and high fan. This provides for an even roast. It will roast dark if that is your preference. I like a light roast and will pull it at city plus or full city whenever that may be. Ive recently been experimenting with espresso blends. When roasting and blending for espresso, the smaller roast size is beneficial. Wonderful machine, great price. (Posted on 1/11/2015)

  7. Love My SR500 Review by Bob's Garage
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    I have been enjoying roasting with my Fresh Roast for over a year now and have learned a lot!

    I usually start the roast with lowest heat and highest fan speed for a minute and a half, just to dry out the beans and get them moving without burning.

    Then I switch the power on and off to reset the timer to 5.9 minutes. I switch the heat to highest heat and reduce fan speed to 3/4. As the roast progresses, I gradually reduce fan to 50%, keeping the beans moving fluidly.

    I like to stop the beans just prior to second crack.

    Every time I roast in the house my smoke alarm goes off. I have been roasting on my garage workbench.

    I drilled a hole in the lid of the chaff catcher so I can insert a candy thermometer through the chaff basket and into the roast chamber. It works great and helps to see the temperature of the roast.

    All in all, I really enjoy the coffee I roast with my SR500 and have a lot of fun doing the roasting. I recommend the SR500 to anyone wanting to get into roasting.

    There's nothing better than fresh home roasted Ethiopian Yergicheffe!
    (Posted on 4/21/2013)

  8. Terrific Review by RPR
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    At first, I had trouble getting even results. After a few tries, I figured out that you leave the fan as low as possible at first, then turn it up once a minute or so for a few seconds, then back down. This makes sure all the beans get bounced around, and you can get a very even roast, all the way to French and Dark Roast. I could probably do it blindfolded now using the smell, and crack sounds.

    Without a vented stove hood, I have to roast on my unheated back porch with the windows open. Even with the temperature at 40F, I can get roasts all the way to French or Dark. The ambient temperature no doubt affects the time it takes my roast, but not the quality.

    My only minor complaints - the fan's lowest speed isn't quite low enough and surges; the power cord is too short; when you go to cool-down, the fan should go to high speed automatically but stays at the last setting; a 3 minute cool-down seems too short to me given the same fan is blowing through the same place it has just been heating for 6-8 minutes. (Posted on 3/4/2013)

  9. Absolutely awesome Review by NCBob
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    I recently purchased a SR-500 roaster for myself as a birthday present. Up until now vie been using an air popper with fairly good results.

    Now after using the Fresh Roast I doubt I'll ever let myself be without one again.

    It's dead simple to use and extremely consistent. Right now it's making such good batches at the default settings the only thing I am doing is setting the cooling cycle based on how dark a roast I want.

    I highly recommend the SR500 roaster with the fan control, as you can adjust how much airflow hits the beans at different stages of the roast.

    I took it over and showed it to my Mom and my brother, and my brother is giving up his roasting skillet and getting one. We both love the batch size, it's just right for how much coffee we usually drink in a week. (Posted on 10/26/2010)

  10. SR-300 - enjoying it Review by tbiggs

    A friend gifted me his lightly-used SR-300 when he decided to upgrade. I was unsure so I asked him to tutor me for the first couple of roasts. Well, it couldn't have been simpler. One useful tip he gave me was to use 3 1/2 scoops instead of 4; some coffees are too heavy to tumble properly at startup with 4 scoops. (of course you need only lift off the chaff catcher and spoon some out, but I'd rather not mess around once the roast has started.)

    I loved the roasts that he brought me that were a few days old, but nothing compares to just-roasted coffee, it was even better!

    As TheSayler said, it does help to keep simple notes so you can reproduce your favorite roasts again. Still, it's simple enough to get a good roast just by watching closely with a good light source shining on the roast chamber, and by listening for first/second crack, and even smelling the air exiting the roaster.

    My stove's vent hood easily flushes away the smoke - though I should note that I hate dark charcoal roasts, so it never really gets to smoking in a big way.

    I'd definitely recommend this roaster to friends or family. (Posted on 8/30/2010)

  11. I love it! Review by Terry

    I've been using a popcorn popper for a while so I asked for the SR-300 for Mother's Day. I can't believe how great this is. I live in AZ so I can keep the roaster outside. I just put the beans in, set the timer and walk away. When I remember three hours or so later, there they are, perfectly and evenly roasted and cooled. It's so easy I make little bags of freshly roasted coffee for my friends. They all rave about it. I've roasted 4 different beans in it so far and I'm really excited about trying more.
    I also enjoy this site. I recommend it to everyone who has an interest (and on Facebook) There's so much great information on here. One thing I'd like to see is suggestions on which beans are better for a really dark roast and which might be better for light or mid-roast.
    Thanks again for a great experience.
    (Posted on 7/4/2010)

  12. love this Review by Dorothy

    This is the third 300 I've purchased. I have one in Florida, bought one for my daughter that she loves, and now I'm buying one for home in Michigan. Even though I have a Behmor that I really love I want this for smaller quantities, ease of handling, really nice even roast, very fast time. Just terrific! (Posted on 6/24/2010)

  13. really terrific roaster Review by Dorothy

    This roaster is just terrific. I have one in Florida and love it. This one is for my daughter as I have a Behmor here in Michigan. But if they accidentally order one themselves I won't feel bad. I can use ii for smaller batches. The roast is beautifully even. It's also really nice looking. (Posted on 5/11/2010)

  14. Terrific Review by Dot

    Have been using the 300 for a couple of weeks now. I love it. It's perfect for my FL home. (Posted on 3/5/2010)

  15. Wow Review by TheSayler

    This is my first experience roasting green coffee beans. After much research, I waited for the SR-500. It was worth the wait! The model defaults to 5.9 minutes of roast time, and my first batch on HIGH started to smoke with about 1 1/2 minutes left. So, as the directions reminded me, HIT THE COOL BUTTON!

    All my smoke alarms went off, but subsequent batches I was more careful. That first batch was a nice dark oily bean with great flavor. Light, medium and dark roasts are simple to do, simple to fine tune, and easily repeatable! Just keep short notes on exactly what you did, and you can do the exact same thing with the next batch.

    The unit wipes clean easily, cools nicely, and I've had no problems at all after 2 weeks. I roast a batch every other day or so. (Posted on 1/23/2010)

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