Nov. 21, 2017
Although drum roasting has roots in commercial roasting from years ago, roasting with hot air (or "fluid bed") roasters do an amazing job for home roasters. Since we are roasting small batches, a good amount of hot air is all that's needed to provide the heat and circulation required to turn green coffee into brown coffee. For a limited time all air roasters come with a free 4 pound green coffee sample set. If you want to stock up, you can opt for an 8 pound sample set (75% off).
Nostalgia Hot Air Popcorn Popper- Somehow, someway, the stars aligned and the humble electric popcorn popper turned out to be the perfect way to get started coffee roasting. They are affordable, small and produce amazing coffee. A lot of advanced roasters that have been using hot air poppers for years and never found a need to try another method. There are a lot of electric poppers out there but we decided to offer the Nostalgia design and build quality make it great for roasting. Roasting with an air popper can be a bit messy since the chaff blows out the top but there are ways to manage the mess.
Fresh Roast SR500 - Compared to an air popper, an SR500 offers a lot more control and great chaff collection. It's a robust machine with a small footprint that will last for a long time. The glass roasting cylinder allows for an easy view of your coffee while it's roasting. Parts are readily available if you have slippery fingers and have a habit of breaking all things made of glass and brittle plastic.
Gene Cafe' - The Gene has a drum, so it's technically a drum roaster, but it uses hot air to roast coffee so it's also an air roaster too. Why does everything have to have a label? Why can't it be both? Ask anyone who roasts with a Gene and they'll tell you it roasts great coffee and has an incredible build quality. The downside is that you will have to find a way to route the smoke out of your roasting area. The good news is that the exhuast port is just asking to be fitted with a small dryer hose that can be routed to a window or hood vent. Red or black...you choose. They are currently out of stock but we have some on the way so expect them to be available in a few days.
Nesco - If you don't have a lot of windows and the hood vent over your stove doesn't work well, consider a Nesco. It does a great job of burning off smoke before it has a chance to escape the roaster.