My Home Roaster Is Hot and Ready!

This group is for folks who are so crazy about coffee freshness that they started roasting their own coffee at home. Got tips... or horror stories, share them here. Viva Home Roasting!!!!

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What are you roasting?

Started by The GreenBean Coffee Espresso & Tea LLC. Last reply by Joseph Plaugher Oct 18, 2009. 4 Replies

I can't believe that there weren't any home roasting groups!

Started by The GreenBean Coffee Espresso & Tea LLC. Last reply by Jim Apr 24, 2008. 14 Replies

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Comment by Sarah Leanne Barnett on April 16, 2012 at 1:02pm I sell green beans by the pound!!!

Comment by Joseph Plaugher on November 4, 2009 at 2:46pm
So, I roasted my first few batches on my Whirley Pop. Turned out Pretty good. 2nd run was a little on the light side. I am having a little trouble not scorching the bean before first crack, which makes it difficult to tell by color where in the roast I am. Does any one have any experience, tricks, tips, for using this little thing? I'd love to hear them. I have already installed a thermometor (though I think it needs a longer probe), and I have replaced the crank handle with a socket and power drill. Any other tips??
Comment by Bryan Wray on October 29, 2009 at 12:28pm
To get solid advice on the decisions you are making regarding purchasing a roaster, what and where to buy greens, I would suggest signing up for the home roast mailing list on Sweetmarias. A wealth of information... almost too much sometimes, haha.

Comment by Joseph Plaugher on October 28, 2009 at 8:30pm
That is so exciting, Margo! Welcome to the world of home roasting. I have been roasting for around 8 months. Most of what I have learned I read in Kenneth Davids' book "home coffee roasting, romance and revival". I have also learned quite a bit from folks like Ritual Coffee Roasters, Barefoot Coffee Roasters, Stumptown, Alterra, etc. These are some great roasters on the west coast and one in WI (alterra). There is a lot to be learned by just studying what these industry leaders are doing. Visit them, if you can, and talk to their baristas.
As far as what to roast...
I would start with something from Brazil. These beans have a wide range that they can be roasted to. Also, Sumatras are very good and have a wide roast range. If you want some really good advice about what to roast, talk to these guys, This is a network of home roasters from everywhere. They are rich with experience and advice and they can sell you some kick ass beans. Have fun, I hope this helps!
Comment by Joseph Plaugher on October 18, 2009 at 10:26pm
I've been roasting with a Toastmaster hot air popper. This works great most of the time, but they don't last long. I've had to replace it twice! This time I'm gonna try a stovetop popper. I'll update and let you know how it works!
Comment by brady john macdonald on June 16, 2009 at 2:26pm
I modified my parents West Bend Poppery 1 that i found in their closet. Its been working pretty solid for the last year. very small batches but very even and easy to do a few back to back.
Comment by Jonathon Sepulveda on April 25, 2009 at 9:44pm
I'm working with the JavaPro-CRC 5lbs. It's holding up well. It could really use a more powerful rotisserie motor. It only does about 24 ounces at a time, any more and you get a very uneven roast.
Comment by Chris Avirett on January 9, 2009 at 7:56am
So I just also got a stove top roaster (aka old school stove top popcorn popper the kind you have to stand by and crank while it works.) any hints, clues or tips, would be much appreciated. The electric hot air popper worked easily and wonderfully, by the way, the coffee produced was/ is amazing!
Comment by Chris Avirett on January 7, 2009 at 3:16pm
just got through roasting some Ethiopian Yergacheffe with a popcorn roaster set up. That was so awesome!
Comment by John Despres on April 8, 2008 at 2:26pm
I've been roasting since June 'o7. Roasting gear is a Fresh Roast 8, a Gene Cafe and the Junk Yard Tow truck I built. Best coffee I ever tasted!

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