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
This roaster will be drop shipping from Rhode Island.
The Hottop Basic is for you, if you understand coffee roasting basics, want up to a 1/2lb batch, longer roasts, a commercial type roast-and-external cool cycle, and a tough machine. The sight glass offers you a close-up view of the coffee during the roast cycle. The roaster produces a lot of smoke that you will need to ventilate out of our kitchen or garage.Learn More$1,100.00
The Hottop Programmable is for you if understand coffee roasting basics, want up to a 1/2lb batch, longer roasts, a commercial type roast-and-cool cycle, and a tough machine. Compared to the Hottop Basic, it can remember more roast profiles and has a more interactive display. It gives you a close-up view of the coffee during the roast cycle but produces a lot of smoke that you will need to ventilate out of your kitchen or garage.Learn More$1,250.00
This is your tried and true, back to the basics, DIY, cowboy style coffee roasting. The Whirley-Pop 6 Quart stovetop popper (roaster) is 100% manual, meaning you need to set the right stovetop heat and crank the popper during the entire roast process. This stainless steel version is a lot more durable than the aluminum model. it might be overkill if you are an occasional roaster but if you plan on roasting back-to-back batches, a few times a week, we suggest investing in this heavy duty device.
This tin is a great alternative to plastic valve bags. It offers the same level of protection with a lot more durability. A flexible plastic insert seals the lid, forcing CO2 from roasted coffee out the valve on the bottom. CO2 will push out O2 in the process.Learn More$4.65
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 is your tried and true, back to the basics, DIY, cowboy style coffee roasting. The Whirley-Pop 6 Quart stovetop popper (roaster) is 100% manual, meaning you need to set the right stovetop heat and crank the popper consistently. Don't let the thin aluminum and plastic gears fool you, this is actually a very durable roaster.