Hi im newbie for this roasting things. Planning to buy a home coffee roaster. Is FreshRoast good enough? Are there will be any difference quality between small roasting machine and the big one for Industrial? Or it is only the quantity that makes the difference?

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If you plan to roast only for yourself and friends at home then you should not spend the money on an industrial roaster- they're pricey! Yes the advantage to the industrial ones is volume. I know because I am currently building an industrial roaster and it's not easy, or cheap, to make one that will do more than about a pound. If you're just roasting at home get a popcorn machine or a manufactured home roaster from sweetmarias.com or coffeebeancorral.com
I started in a Toastmaster popcorn popper which makes a great cup of coffee, but only enough for 3 or 4 cups.
Good luck!
Hi Joseph, actually I want to learn roasting by myself. Thx for advice.
Hi, if you are only doing it yourself, I can sell you one. I use them for small batches if I want to test some beans out.

Just check out the link below:
http://www.tancoffee.ca/products.html
I started years ago with a Fresh Roast, then moved to the i-Roast 1 - which was much more functional/fulfilling. That machine served my home roasting needs for 5+ years - when it finally burned out I went to an i2 (the current Hearthware iRoast offering)...which is a great machine for the beginning home roaster and supports basic roast profiles including a couple of presets. If you want a little more roast capacity and something more closely resembling an industrial drum roaster, consider a machine like the Behmor 1600. Either machine will give you freshness and quality if you purchase quality green and pay attention to your roasts. Be careful...home roasting can lead to a whole new world that will include upgraded grinding and brewing paraphenalia - in extreme cases it can lead to putting a small drum roaster in your basement, or worse! Save that for "round 2" and enjoy your first home roasting experience - whatever price point you choose to enter at. I've had good experience with www.sweetmarias.com - enjoy!
YES, YES YES. Just look at price. Do you think a commercial roaster would spend 100k on roasting equipment. If they could get the same results from home roasters, Even a good small professional coffee roaster that will do one or two pounds at a time will cost 2 to 4 thousand dollars. Size does matter, the bigger the roaster easier it is to control the profile.

I do use a small home air roaster for samples and it does a good job. I think the key is freshness. Fresh roasted coffee out of a home roaster is a 100 times better than any stall coffee brand off the store shelve.
thanks Patrick... the most important thing is the freshness and I agree..

Patrick Bock said:
YES, YES YES. Just look at price. Do you think a commercial roaster would spend 100k on roasting equipment. If they could get the same results from home roasters, Even a good small professional coffee roaster that will do one or two pounds at a time will cost 2 to 4 thousand dollars. Size does matter, the bigger the roaster easier it is to control the profile.

I do use a small home air roaster for samples and it does a good job. I think the key is freshness. Fresh roasted coffee out of a home roaster is a 100 times better than any stall coffee brand off the store shelve.
Louise, for home roasting it would be fine. Essentially it will not as others mention simulate a commercial roaster in terms of quality produced- airflow and the ability to ramp up or down temperatures quickly really only applies to roasters using gas/propane. However it would give you a nice introduction to coffee roasting and produce a solid and of course fresh product. Remember to buy Kenneth Davids "Home Roasting" book. It is a good guide to home roasting.

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