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Fresh Roast 540 Coffee Roaster
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FreshRoast SR540 w/ Free Shipping & Free 3 Lb Coffee Bundle

(10 customer reviews)

$189.00

In Stock

07/24/20 – The restock showed up sooner than expected! Not only that but we heard it is only about 2-3 weeks until the extension tubes get here! 

The SR540 is the next generation in the SR family, a solid step forward on the most popular home coffee roaster.  Easy to use, it roasts a pinch more coffee and is more versatile than the SR500.

Roast capacity is slightly more than 4 ounces: 120 grams to be exact, or just like previous models, 4 scoops using the included measuring spoon.

This new model has an improved control panel. There are now 9 levels of heat adjustment compared to the previously limited Low, Medium, and High settings.  The fan also has 9 levels of adjustment.  All adjustments are made by pressing the knob and turning to change heat, fan, and time settings.  It also features a new real-time air temperature measurement.  A quick turn of the knob to the right will display current temperature.

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Capacity

4-5 ounces

Ease of use

Very easy

Heat Settings

Variable (9 settings)

Fan Settings

Variable (9 settings)

Roast Times

10-20 Minutes

Batch Roasting

No

Venting

Required

Shipping

Free Ground Shipping Within the Contiguous US

Description

In Stock

07/24/20 – The restock showed up sooner than expected! Not only that but we heard it is only about 2-3 weeks until the extension tubes get here! 

The FreshRoast SR540 is a solid step forward on the most popular home coffee roaster. Easy to use, it roasts a pinch more coffee and is more versatile with its heat and fan setting than the previous SR500.

Roast capacity is slightly more than 4 ounces: 120 grams to be exact, or just like previous models, 4 scoops using the included measuring spoon.  We have found that with many coffees, good results are possible up to 5 ounces (NOT high chaff or natural coffees).

This new model has an improved control panel. There are now 9 levels of heat adjustment compared to the previously limited Low, Medium, and High settings.  The fan also has 9 levels of adjustment.  All adjustments are made by pressing the knob and turning to change heat, fan, and time settings.  It also features a new real-time air temperature measurement.  A quick turn of the knob to the right will display current temperature.

PLEASE NOTE: Chaff basket and top lid from earlier SR models will not fit on the new SR540.  The roasting chamber is a much larger diameter.

 

The New Control Panel:

Fan 5, Heat 9, Cool Mode with 2 minutes left

 

 

First slot on LCD:  Fan Speed – settable from 1-9.    1=low 9=high.
Second slot on LCD:  Heat/Power – settable from 1-9.    1=low 9=high.
Third and fourth slots on LCD:  Time – settable from 0.1 – 20 minutes.  During cool mode it will display C.3, C.2, or C.1 as it moves through the cooling process.

The control panel has been significantly simplified. To change a field on the LCD display:  PRESS the turn knob, display will then flash the setting you have selected.  PRESS again to select the next setting.  TURN the knob to adjust the setting.  All in real time.  Beyond that, you have just two buttons – On/Off and Run/Cool.

 

The Basics:

Capacity:  4.25-5 Ounce
Heat Settings:  Variable, 1-9
Fan Settings:  Variable, 1-9
Roast Times:  10-20 minutes (including cool)
Venting:  Required – will produce some smoke, especially with higher chaff coffees or darker roasts
Ease of use:  Very easy
Batch Roasting:  No

 

Key Features

  • Easy and fun; glass chamber ensures that coffee beans are highly visible throughout the roast
  • Quickest of all home coffee roasters
  • Simple design, yet highly adjustable – great for both newbies and master roasters
  • New improved control panel – more customizable settings
  • All settings adjustable during roast
  • Roasts about a quarter pound of raw coffee beans
  • Convenient chaff collector is very easy to clean
  • One year warranty; manufacturer is very helpful

 

 

Basic Use Instructions:

  1. Weigh out 4.25 ounces of green coffee beans, or 4 scoops. With this machine, results are fairly sensitive to batch size, so dependent on voltage, ambient temperature, coffee type, and your roast preferences, you may want to decrease or increase by up to 1 ounce in either direction. However, for most users 4.25 ounces usually works well; it is the best place to start.
  2. Plug the machine into a standard polarized 120-volt outlet. Be sure that no other appliances are drawing from the same circuit – this will decrease the power available to your roaster.
  3. Pour beans into the roast chamber, then set the roast chamber into the machine, then set the chaff collector on top of the roast chamber. Use care to ensure that pieces are fitting together properly. This machine is top-heavy and users sometimes drop and break roast chambers and chaff collectors (if you do, don’t worry – we have replacement parts!).
  4. Set Fan speed to “9” and Power to “5”. Set timer for 15 minutes. Total roast time is generally between 6 and 15 minutes depending on settings.
  5. Hit the Run button. Coffee beans will gradually begin to move more and more as they lose moisture and weight.
  6. As soon as you start seeing good movement (usually 1-3 minutes), increase Power to “9”.
  7. You should now be on “Fan:9 / Power:9”. This setting will get you close to 1st crack, but too much movement prevents adequate heat build-up, so it is necessary to gradually reduce fan speed to push the roast up through 1st then 2nd crack. It is important to keep some movement; try turning Fan speed down 1 notch, and if beans are still quickly flying around, turn it down 1 more. If beans stop moving, turn it back up and wait approximately 1 minute before turning it down again.
  8. Typically, the roast will progress like this: At Fan “8” beans should start 1st crack (depending on variables such as ambient temperature, voltage, etc), and as you gradually decrease speed after each minute (approx), at Fan “6” you will be approaching a medium roast, and at Fan “5” you will hear 2nd crack and begin moving into dark roast.
  9. Hit Cool button when you reach your desired roast, and turn Fan back to “9” – remember to turn the fan speed back up to maximum to ensure that beans cool quickly and do not continue roasting!

 

Warranty:
1 year warranty on the base, 6 months on the roast chamber and chaff collector, directly from FreshRoast.  After 30 days from purchase customers are responsible for shipping the roaster into their repair center. They will fix and return it.  Out of warranty repairs are similar but do have a cost.  FreshRoast is more than fair for any in or out of warranty items.  And also let us know if you are having any issues – we are happy to help!

 

GUIDES TO USING THE FRESHROAST SR540 HOME COFFEE ROASTER:

Check out our home roasting resources for more tips and tricks!

Additional information

Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 13 × 8 × 8 in
Capacity

4-5 ounces

Ease of use

Very easy

Heat Settings

Variable (9 settings)

Fan Settings

Variable (9 settings)

Roast Times

10-20 Minutes

Batch Roasting

No

Venting

Required

Shipping

Free Ground Shipping Within the Contiguous US

10 reviews for FreshRoast SR540 w/ Free Shipping & Free 3 Lb Coffee Bundle

  1. Ron Burghardt (verified owner)

    I love my SR540 . It is great to have all these adjustments to get your coffee just the way you would like it .
    I’m new to this and I believe this is the coffee roaster to learn on and have some fun with .
    Seems like you can do more adjustments with the SR540 then most others roasters that are out there so you can tweak it just the way you like it

  2. Rich

    I bought the SR540 2 years ago. It has worked great and very easy to use. Unfortunately it just quit working(Thus 4 stars and not 5)!! I Bought another roaster off of Amazon, and it was worthless and totally ruined my beans. it is being returned. with that said, I am going to purchase a new SR540 as soon as I post this review.

  3. Anna Carter

    I have the SR 500, very similar to this one. So easy to use and very little venting is needed. I set it on my range top and turn on my exhaust fan. Very rarely sets off the smoke alarms 😅 The only drawback is it’s a bit top heavy and the parts don’t lock on. Best to disassemble before moving.

  4. Anthony

    The SR540 is awesome! This is the first roaster I have owned and its super easy to use.
    I would definitely recommend buying it. I have never burnt a batch of coffee and the flavor is amazing.

  5. Robert L Combs (verified owner)

    I have been using the sr540 for about a week now. This is my first roaster and first attempt at any type of roasting. I have already started tweeking profiles to get better results. The tip sheet that Burman included was of great help and a good starting guide. The roaster draws a lot of watts so try not to have anything drawing power on same circuit when roasting. It does smoke so it needs to be vented. If you like good coffee and like to tinker this roaster rocks. What I look forward to is tasting my way around the world of coffee. With this roaster and Burmans coffee the journey has begun. Oh, Burmans site gets 5 stars too!

  6. Dan Fullmer (verified owner)

    I have been using Fresh Roast roasters since their first one which was pretty primitive. Fresh Roast, Fresh Roast Plus, SR500, and now the 540. I currently have two SR500’s which I use to keep 2 families in coffee. I just included the SR540 into the rotation and I love it!. No more black beans. I would usually get a few black beans in my roast, but no more. The only suggestion I would have for the 540 is to automatically shift to fan speed 9 when you hit the cool button, (which is pretty nit-picky). I have worn out many roasters and as my SR500’s eventually give up, I will certainly replace them with 540’s. By the way, the support from Fresh Roast is top notch. I highly recommend these roasters.

  7. George Brown (verified owner)

    I have really enjoyed roasting coffee with the SR540. It has been fun to fine tune my coffee preferences through trial and error. This roaster allows you to dial in your coffee to exactly the way you want it roasted.

    Additionally, I have been beyond impressed by the customer service of Burman Coffee Traders. The glass chamber in my roaster broke, I sent an email to Burman, and within a week they had fulfilled the warranty and I had received a replacement part.

    Highly recommend.

  8. GNCOFFEE (verified owner)

    I am on my third Fresh Roast roaster. Fresh Roast Plus, Fresh Roast 500 and now Fresh Roast 540.

    They last about 3-4 years roasting a lot of coffee. The life of my Roasters is about 900 to 1200 roastings… Each roasting produces enough for 3-4 pots of coffee at our preferred strength.

    I agree with others, the 540 should kick the fan on full when it enters the cooling mode…..

    As a note – the same bean under different roasting conditions and ambient temperature and humidity when roasting can have a drastically different flavor.
    Also, first time roasters – don’t do it in the house….. while coffee smells delicious – roasting does not…

  9. Michael Kullman

    I have been using the SR500 for several years and recently upgraded to the SR540. While the additional controls and temperature display option are nice, the biggest improvement by far is the slighltly larger roasting chamber which seems to promote more even roasting than the previous SR500 (no more burned beans). That alone makes this a worthwhile upgrade IMO. Great roaster for the money.

  10. Luis Franco

    I’ve already roasted about 6 batches of beans with my SR540 and what I really like about it is its ability to consistently repeat roasting profiles (this is something I couldn’t really do when roasting on my cast iron pan). I have Burman’s BCT Espresso blend down to a science and I’m getting the best espresso shots I’ve every had – at home! I suggest that you document your settings and keep an eye on the built-in temperature readout (it definitely helps you achieve consistent results because as I am learning, even ambient temperature can affect your roasts slightly). For my Espressor lovers out there, pick up a few pounds of the BCT Espresso blend and try these settings (thank me later, 4.25 ounces, F=Fan, P=Power):

    Start: F9, P5
    @2:00 – F9, P8 (temp ~350F)
    @4:00 – F9, P9 (temp ~375F)
    @5:30 – F7, P9 (temp ~400F)
    @7:30 – F6, P9 (temp ~430F)
    @8:45 – F4, P9 (temp ~455F)
    @9:45 – Cool, F9

    First crack will happen around 6:00, second crack around 9:00. Let sit for an entire day before brewing; I make a couple batches at a time which last me about a week; it starts tasting even better after day 4 (you will see some oil coming out of the beans which is NOT a bad sign, just a sign that you’ll need to brew these in less than a couple weeks for optimal flavor). I’m currently having A LOT of fun developing a City/City+ roast for French Press. You won’t regret getting it from Burman, these guys are awesome and provide EXCELLENT customer care!

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