Product Guide: Roasting Starter Kits

 

Roasting starter kits, what are these all about? Perhaps you've been roasting in a popcorn popper or a cast-iron skillet and it's time for an upgrade. Whatever your reason, these homeroasting starter kits have everything one needs to roast, track, and store their own coffee, in a nice discounted price for the bundle.

 

 

Stovetop Roasting Starter Kit

 

The Whirley Pop was manufactured to make popcorn, but you can get a remarkably good roast in this thing, just like a cowboy might have done over a campfire. This is a totally manual, back to basics, DIY method of roasting. You will have to adjust the stovetop heat, sit there and crank the handle for anywhere from 8-15 minutes depending on roast profile, and then dump the roasted coffee into a vented receptacle to cool.

 

This kit comes with a Whirley Pop aluminum, an 8lb green coffee sampler, a thermometer, a Sweet Maria's roast log, and 10 1lb valve bags to store roasted coffee.

 

Air Roasting Starter Kit

We chose the FreshRoast sr500 to represent the air roasting category. We really like this machine and think it does a great job roasting coffee to a range of profiles, from City to Full City +. You can control the heat of the air, the fan speed, and the roast time, plus theres a cooling cycle. You can also access the roast chamber during a roast which can be helpful if you feel the coffee isn't getting agitated enough to maintain an even roast, then you can get in there with a wooden spoon or something and manually stir it.

This kit comes with the FreshRoast sr500, an 8lb green coffee sampler, a Sweet Maria's roast log, and 10 1/4lb valve bags for storing roasted coffee.

Drum Roasting Starter Kit

The Behmor 1600 + is our best selling drum roaster, possibly even our best selling roaster, period. You can roast up to 1lb of coffee at a time, with a lot of control. You can use one of the pre-programmed profiles to roast, or go fully manual. There's excellent smoke suppression due to a catalytic converter, and it's very quiet. This is a great machine with a good deal of control for those that want to profile their roasts.   

This kit comes with the Behmor 1600 +, an 8lb green coffee sampler, an Escali L600 high precision scale, a Sweet Maria's roast log, and 10 1lb valve bags for storing roasted coffee.