Buy The Best Coffee Roaster For You
As with all hobbies, loves and art forms, there are many levels of participation. Some coffee drinkers enjoy instant, some filter, some stovetop moka, some like it only from their own espresso machines and those who are aficionados like it made using their bean-to-cup coffee machines. Plenty like to buy from small-batch local roasters to get the freshest coffee and many even grind it themselves once it’s arrived in the post. But what about true purists? What do they do for their love?
Can you roast your own coffee beans
Technology usually speeds up when demand is high, after all, if the people want it, there’s usually someone keen to invent it. While coffee roaster machines used to be hard to find and hellishly expensive, even for businesses, times are changing and for those who want to roast their own beans at home – it’s no longer impossible.
Coffee roaster machines come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and some companies, like the Coaltown Coffee Roasting company in south Wales, actually build their own. But for your purposes? Let’s first take a look at why you might want to roast your own coffee beans.
Why roast your own?
Roasting your own coffee beans requires buying green, unroasted beans in the first place. This used to be next to impossible for individuals, but now a growing amount of coffee companies and small-batch roasteries are selling green beans for just this purpose; home roasting.
Roasting coffee beans only takes a few minutes. Up to 15 minutes for each batch. This means that you can roast your own beans before grinding and brewing them into exquisite coffee. If you’re a true coffee lover at home then why not? If you’re a small business who wants to sell the best and freshest coffee, then getting a home coffee roaster is suitable for you too. Roast in the morning, sell throughout the day!
Are coffee roaster machines horribly expensive?
Actually nowhere near as expensive as you would think. You can pick up a home coffee roaster for about £250-£300 pounds and more are coming onto the market all the time. While the ones currently available aren’t exactly aesthetic dreamboats, things are clearly changing. Just look at the upcoming Ikawa home coffee roaster http://www.ikawacoffee.com/at-home. Sleek, modern and easy to use, this will be an amazing kitchen companion when it hits the shelves in May 2016.
The IMEX CR -100
The IMEX CR -100 is another affordable home coffee roaster although it doesn’t look as good. It’s lightweight at just 1.2kg and can roast up to 170g of green coffee beans at a time.
is a popular one, especially in the States. This looks more like a microwave than anything else and again, isn’t exactly pretty. It does work well but it’s a bit clunky to use and doesn’t allow you to closely monitor the colour of your beans. It’s a good indication that the home coffee roaster machine market is growing though.
A neat looking coffee roaster is the NESCO and looks a bit like a food processor. You can roast a good amount of beans at a time and control the process in a very hands-on way. Very easy to use, this is one of the best coffee roaster machines available at the moment for home use, although I imagine that will change fast.
A much smaller option is the FreshRoast SR500,
which again, really isn’t very aesthetically pleasing but does a surprisingly good job considering it’s so small. You can control the time, temperature and cooling fan speed and this allows you to roast the beans to your own desires. The FreshRoast coffee roaster is a very fast machine and it keeps the chaff out of the way much better than many other designs. It doesn’t always give an even roast but still, this is a good way to get into the home roasting idea.
Did you know you can roast your own green coffee beans in a normal home frying pan? It’s true. Cast iron pans are the best as they have thick bases to evenly distribute heat. You can watch how your coffee beans change colour, move them around and take the initiative in the whole process.
The problem? The resulting beans just don’t taste all that great. The coffee won’t be anything like you can make with other home coffee roaster machines and definitely won’t approach the quality you can get from small-batch coffee roasteries.
My advice? Wait for technology to progress a bit. Until then, enjoy professionally roasted whole beans for the best results.