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      Fresh Roast SR540 Roaster

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      About Fresh Roast SR540 Roaster


      and add an extension tube at the same time for only $60 (reg $79)

      The SR540 is the latest model from Fresh Roast, replacing the SR500. This new model has a larger roasting chamber than its predecessor for improved air flow, however, roasting capacity did not changed. Roast capacity is 120 grams, about a quarter pound which should yield between 18 and 20 cups. All of the SR models 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 increase roast time but cooling will be quicker.

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      The SR540 now uses a control knob to control all its functions: Fan speed, temperature and time. The single control knob located on the main panel rotates, clockwise increasing values, counter clockwise decreasing them. Settings are shown on the digital display which is substantially larger than the previous model. A fast clockwise turn will provide a real time temperature reading too. With the prior SR500 model there were just 3 levels of heat (low, medium, high) but this new SR540 provides 9 heat levels, from 1 to 9, via the control knob.

      Build quality is sturdy and clean, operation is very quiet and controls are easy to read and understand. Fresh Roast machines have been on the market for years, beginning with a smaller Plus 8 models, now discontinued. The SR series has been around for quite a few years and has proven to be very reliable. The roasting technology here is hot air, so the coffee roasts on a bed of heated air; heating coils are in the base and heat is pushed upward via the variable speed fan. Fan speed can also be adjusted during the cooling cycle.

      The default setting are Fan 9, Heat 5 (of 9) and Timer 6 minutes. The Run/Cool button begins the roast or cooling cycles. To make an adjustment during the roast, press the "Adjust" button, and the digit for Fan, Power, and Timer each flashes in sequence. Press the control knob to make your selection and then adjust up or down by turning the knob.

      These recent changes add more features and reliability to an already established and valued coffee roaster.

      Fresh Roast SR540

      Fresh Roast SR540

      Model SR540:

      • Roasting capacity 120 grams, roughly 1/4 pound
      • Multi function control knob and large digital display
      • Variable speed control for fan speed
      • Variable speed control for temperature adjustment
      • Variable speed control for timer. Maximum time on the control is 9.9 minutes
      • Fan speed, temperature and time can be adjusted at any time during roasting

      Today, the SR800 is Fresh Roast's other home roaster.  The SR800 is a similar machine but with an increased batch capacity.

      Capacity green coffee
      120 grams

      226 grams
      Variable convection fan control
      Temperature control - 9 settings
      Time control - precise digital time display
      Adjust temperature and time without interrupting roasting cycle
      Roast beans enough for 20 cups in under 10 minutes
      Easy to use for novice and experienced roasters
      Speed Roast fluid motion system ensures fast, even roasting
      Roast any coffee light or dark

      Please note that roasting chamber of the SR540 is not compatible with any prior Fresh Roast models, nor the SR800.


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      Inside view of lid. Screen captures chaff

      Conclusion: The SR540 model from Fresh Roast offer beginners and experienced roasters a good tool for roasting beans enough for a couple of pots. The roaster performs quickly and is capable of the full roasted coffee range from light to dark. It has no smoke suppression nor does anything else close to it in price, but that also makes it possible to do dark roasts.


      • Height: 12 7/8"
      • Width: 6 3/4"
      • Depth: 6.75"
      • Weight: 4 pounds
      • Power Supply: 120V
      • Watts: 1600
      • Warranty: 1 year manufacturer's
      • Certified for USA only. Not certified for Canada at this time. Not for export.

      Download the instruction manual.

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