Before you get started, we highly recommend checking out our General Roasting Instructions and Visual Guide to the Roast Process.
There are small, dedicated home roasting appliances, and we carry a number of these machines. 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. These machines can make the process simpler and more easily controlled, but are not absolutely necessary.
In choosing a roaster, the main issues are 1) how much coffee you generally drink and 2) 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 - which is to always drink freshly roasted coffee. In terms of price, generally the more a roaster can roast at a time, the more expensive it is.
Air roaster with built-in smoke reduction system and auger-driven bean agitation
Our most inexpensive drum roaster, with up to a 1 pound capacity and many built-in profiles.
Large capacity drum roaster, with the easiest to use controls out there
Large half-pound capacity drum roaster, with programmable roast profiles and external cooling.
Our most inexpensive air roaster, now with adjustable fan and heat
Air roaster with programmable roast profiles; a great first roaster.
If you're patient and want a simple gadget-free way to roast, look into stovetop roasting!