Includes a free 6 pound green coffee sampler and ships free! (details below) We've been waiting a long time for a 1/2 pound version of the SR fluid bed roaster line and the wait is finally over! The SR800 is a direct upgrade to the SR540. The only real difference...
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Includes a free 6 pound green coffee sampler and ships free! (details below) We've been waiting a long time for a 1/2 pound version of the SR fluid bed roaster line and the wait is finally over!
The SR800 is a direct upgrade to the SR540. The only real difference is that instead of 4.5 ounces, it can now roast 8 ounces of coffee per batch.
The roaster features a new heavy-duty high capacity fan and heater as well as an improved control board. All adjustments are made with pushing the knob and turning to adjust the heat, fan, and time. It also features a real-time temperature readout! A quick turn of the knob to the right will display the current temperature. There are now 9 levels of heat adjustment compared to having a Low, Medium, and High adjustment. The fan also has a wider range of adjustment. Users are also able to change the default start settings.
For example, you can now begin your roast on a low temp, high fan speed, to warm and dry the beans while keeping them moving to avoid scorching. Once the beans are dry and yellow, you can turn the heat up to high, lower your fan speed to let the heat build so that you can ramp up to first crack quickly - still without scorching.
This roaster is an excellent choice for people who roast a wide variety of coffee (decaf, high grown hard bean, island coffees, etc.) or who use different brewing methods such as drip, French press or espresso.
This roaster gives you control of the main roasting variables: time, temperature and air, which means you can turn out "just right" batches time and time again.
How it Works
The SR800 is a "fluid bed" roaster. In this case the fluid is air. The machine depends on hot air flow to not only heat the beans, but also to agitate them. Coffee is like popcorn in that you need to keep it moving as it cooks. If it touches hot metal too long at a time it will scorch. The SR800 accomplishes both things nicely. It has a nice strong fan motor to keep those beans in motion and a good heater to provide the correct roasting temperature. As long as you don't overload it and try to make the machine be something it's not, it really works very well.
Roasting Tips For the SR800
The perfect batch size for a personal roaster--it roasts about 8 ounces of coffee per batch (1/2 pound). For natural processed coffees, we recommend roasting a little less, in the 6 to 7 ounces range, as natural processed beans can produce more chaff than washed and are also a bit more unpredictably sized.
On cooler days, you can decrease the fan speed and increase the temperature to help compensate for lower ambient temperatures.
In high summer, increase the fan speed to slow the roast and allow the body of your coffee to develop.
Introduce a drying/warming stage at the beginning of your roast to help lighten the beans for more even roasting. Warming will also ease your beans into the roast a little better which will give you a more stable and consistent roast.
We always recommend keeping thorough roasting notes to help achieve consistent roasts once you've nailed the perfect profile!
The SR800 includes a 1 year manufacturer warranty.
The Variety Pack - 6 Free Pounds!
Each SR800 includes a free variety pack of green coffee! Our 6 pound eclectic mix will include 2 coffees from each of the main growing regions (Central/South America, Asia/Middle-East, and Asia/Indonesia). We put some pretty nice coffees in there for the very prosaic reason that we want you to be impressed and come back to us and buy more coffee! The coffee comes from our normal offerings.
This is a very good choice for folks just starting to home roast. Our selection gives you a wide variety of flavors. Some you'll probably like better than others, but the Combo Pack will give you a good sampling of the major characteristics of each growing region, and help you decide what coffees you might like to order in the future It also saves you about $15 if you had ordered each of these coffees individually.
*Roasters ship free! You can add an extension tube above with free shipping as well. If you add additional coffee or other items to your order, the free shipping option will not be available at checkout. However you can still choose our Captain's Special Shipping which is significantly discounted.