Well now, the verdict is in and roasting faster and hotter is the key to yummy, mellow coffee on this machine. It seems so counterintuitive, but there ya have it.
I read thru the posts on CG that Chris recommended and then overfilled the roasting chamber with the 5 scoops recommended by the thread. I used my stash of Dry Process Fazenda do Sertão from Brazil...a coffee that has earned my coveted red-star rating
I turned up the heat and the fan speed to high...then kept reducing the fan speed as the coffee dried out and became lighter in order to keep the heat going. The result was perfection...which I proved yesterday morning in the cup.
The problemo with all this is I end up with much more coffee than I can ever use before it goes stale in about a week. Soooo....I decided the solution would be to reduce the chamber size (the chamber size on the SR500 is quite a bit larger than the FreshRoast plus
. For this, I took a round jar of Mezzetta peppers, used a ceramic grinding wheel on my table saw and cut it to length,
then inserted it into the original chamber. This reduces the chamber by about 1/4" all around and allows me to achieve the tasty results using only 3 scoops of beans instead of 5... Just right for my needs.
Sooo...thanks Chris for that timely tip and for helping to make my morning cup a delight once again!