When choosing a roaster, the main factors to consider are how much coffee you generally drink, how dark you want to roast and how much you want to spend. You don't want to have more than 3 days supply of roasted coffee around since that defeats the purpose of home roasting, to always drink freshly roasted coffee
There are many ways to roast coffee, from home appliances made specifically for this purpose, to simple pan roasting. Before you get started, we highly recommend checking out our General Roasting Instructions and Visual Guide to the Roast Process.
We carry a number of small, dedicated home roasting appliances. Our article, "Choosing a Home Coffee Roaster" is a good introduction to the various models; the Roaster Comparison Chart compares the all the roasters we carry. You can also compare two or more roasters using the "Compare Products" feature on our site. More tools in the resources area of the menu bar and in our Library.
If you are used to roasting on an electric popcorn popper the Freshroast 500 offers the features you are missing. Freshroast 500 is a fluid bed air roaster featuring heat and fan speed adjustments, a glass roasting chamber for visibility, and a nifty chaff collector that makes clean up easy.Learn More$169.00
The West Bend Air Crazy is the best new popcorn popper we could find for coffee roasting. Electric poppers are a fun and easy way to get started roasting with little investment. Choose a discounted 4lb or 8lb green coffee sampler from the top growing regions and you will be roasting in no time. These roasters do not include a warranty, read below for more information as well as instructions.$30.00
The Air Roaster Starter Kit includes the Fresh Roast 500, a good choice for folks who want to get started with a roaster that is easy to use but offers some control over heat and airflow.
This kit includes:
- Freshroast SR500
- Your choice of a 4lb or 8lb Green Coffee Sampler (Regular, Decaf, or Espresso)
- Ten 1/4 pound valve bags for storing your roasted coffee
- Sweet Maria's Roast Log for recording your roasts
Add for an additional cost:$174.00
THIS ROASTER HAS BEEN USED A FEW TIMES BUT WORKS. NOT IN ORIGINAL PRODUCT BOX. Click here to download the manual.
We have the latest model of the Nesco Home Coffee Roaster, an innovative design that features an auger-driven agitator in the roast chamber, and quiet operation (about the same as a FreshRoast, and much quieter than Hearthware machines).
This machine has had a name change not too long ago, from Zach and Dani's (a proprietary name given the machine by the company that sold it), to Nesco, the actual manufacturer. If you are wondering why the name on the machine is Nesco Professional Coffee Roaster, well ... so am I!
This is a home roaster, period. I like this model, and recommend it highly with a few conditions. To be exact, I feel there are a couple drawbacks to the machine: dark roasts take a long time and the roaster might have trouble attaining a full French roast in some situations (namely, on circuits with voltage below 110v - see our extended review for more details).
Interested to see what other Nesco users say about this machine? Check out the Using Air Roasters section of the Sweet Maria's ForumLearn More$125.00