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u/swroasting · 1 pointr/roasting

It really depends on the brand of roaster and how much you want to invest to automate it. Automation will mean a loss of control and due to that loss of adjustable variables, you will be shoehorned into whatever roast it wants to give you (within certain limitations). This could be a good thing for beginners, shops who want repeatability, and operations where you want to be able to do other things (sales, etc) while the machine is roasting, or have an employee with little to no roasting background operate the machine.

If you buy a roaster with all of the automation already implemented, your training could be rather simplistic and you could turn out reasonable coffee quickly. To make extraordinary coffee, you need that minute control over every possible variable. We have found that a difference of one degree at a critical changing point in our profile is tasteable in the cup. I have an engineering background and immediately wanted greater control over the basic homeroaster because I understood things about profile roasting which I could not implement on the basic system.

Your other option is to find a used commercial drum and implement your own control/automation system. If you have any electrical or systems engineering background (or know anyone who does) this is not really complicated, just time consuming. There is a lot of software available for roast monitoring & control. If you don't have some sort of automation (PID gas valve control, computer monitoring and profile control) you won't have the precise repeatability to produce a similar product every time. Sure, you don't have one hand on a damper and the other on a gas valve, but there is still plenty of 'artisan' factor in crafting a great roast on any system which isn't fully automated!

If you want to get started on a smaller homeroasting level, [Kenneth Davids book] ( gives a broad overview of coffee and has homeroasting techniques and insights. [Blue Bottle] ( is an entertaining read about James Freeman starting into roasting, his travels, a little bit about roasting, and a lot about prep methods. Definitely use the Sweet Marias web library! Also you might check out: and I'm sure there are some I've missed. If you get the chance to attend a CoffeeFest, they are pretty inexpensive and there are roasting courses (basic, but nice intros to professional machines), you can meet plenty of green bean importers, and you can drink all the free coffees you can handle!

Hope my rambling answered your questions and I didn't bore you to death!

u/mal1291 · 1 pointr/roasting

Stovetop roasting was probably the thing that got me into roasting my own coffee. I bought a whirleypop for $20 and got an aeropress to brew with. For about $120 I was making coffee that (I thought) was better than most local offerings and (for sure) better than grocery store brand coffee. Not to mention I was theoretically saving a lot of money because of how cheap greens were.

However, if you are willing to commit a bit more startup cash, I recommend the freshroast series of roasters as a much better method for controlling your roast profile.

As someone who is starting out, I'd say happy mug is the best supplier for greens. HM has nice coffees at good prices but Sweet Marias has a lot of unqiue vareitals and there's a number of really good coffees on there. The thing is that as a new roaster (and I am still in this category), you probably won't have the cupping skills or the roasting skills to appreciate all of the nuance that SM's beans offer, so HM is a better deal for $4.00/lb and 3-day flat rate shipping.

What are you brewing with?

u/dante437 · 2 pointsr/roasting

Does your stove vent actually go outside, or does it recirculate air inside your townhouse? I too live in a townhouse and mine does not vent outside. I ask this because unless it goes outside, the smoke created from a Whirley Pop (or similar device) is akin to pissing on a forest fire when it comes to a non-outdoor vent. It can't keep up and your whole place will get smokey.

Like others have said, I don't think it's a bad smell but it's not for everyone. I have several windows and a sliding glass door in my kitchen--put all of them to good use when I did stovetop.

I also suggest buying (or renting from your local library) this book:

That's how I learned way back when.

Good luck! I did stovetop for well over a year before getting a Behmor. It's a great way to get started.

u/OG-Grog · 1 pointr/roasting

Try adding more beans, like 75-100g range. Wear a leather glove to protect your hand, and then use something like a kabab skewer stick or wooden spoon or buy a turkey fryer thermometer to stir the beans. I don’t let the fan do the work until FC starts.

This let me go from ~5 min to the longer roasts I felt worked best, ~7-12 min.

u/Philll · 1 pointr/roasting

Thanks! Forgive some very basic questions, but what is ramp/soak? And why is a PID controller better than, say, a logging digital thermometer like this? (though that thermometer is more expensive than ideal considering my cheap roaster...)

u/Tallm · 2 pointsr/roasting

ok, mine is 1040, so your will be even better. youre going to love this, it gives you so much control. i can hit 430 degrees, enough to go into C2. i just PM'd you my email ad, send me mail. it will be easier than posting images to imgur.

You'll need to buy these:


two of these dimmers

a plate cover

and this electrical box

also, an old extension cord that you dont mind cutting up, and electrical shrink wrap sleeves

u/prepping4zombies · 2 pointsr/roasting

Roast on the stovetop with a "whirley pop"-type pot (see here and here). You'll learn to roast by sight and smell, as well as time. There is a plethora of tutorials and videos that will teach you how - start with the resources on Sweet Maria's website.

I started roasting this way, then moved to a Behmor, then a few different commercial roasters. I still enjoy going back to the stovetop, and roasted a half pound of a great Rwanda on Friday.

u/pshankstar · 4 pointsr/roasting

Where do you buy your green beans from? I know Sweet Maria’s has bags with the one way valve in half and full pound size bags. They also offer a container with the valve too. This is assuming you need the beans to still off gas.

If you’re looking for a container after the beans have off gassed, I like the Airscape (link below). Good luck!

Airscape Coffee Container

u/jaksblaks · 8 pointsr/roasting

imo, these are nothing more than gimmicks used for youtube videos since it "is more aesthetically appealing to use this mini roaster" to give the impression that careful planning and super attention to detail is put into each and every cup compared to showing some industrial roaster.

if you want to roast at home, there are probably better/more practical options imo. this type of roaster is also super inefficient has there's soooo much heat loss.

u/Jorgan_Stanne · 1 pointr/roasting

Home Coffee Roasting, Revised, Updated Edition: Romance and Revival

Goes into the chemistry of roasting, history, and generally everything about coffee roasting. I’m using it myself and am learning a lot.

Happy reading!!

u/djodom · 2 pointsr/roasting

I think it is pretty close to this one:
I have been using that for 5 years to roast. A minor mod that I did was open it up and twist the bimetal overtemp protection closed so I could roast as many batches as I want in succession. Works great. Just don't rely on the air pushing up to circulate the beans. I use a shaking motion to rotate the beans around and you can roast up to 1/3 lb with this.

u/RadioRoscoe · 1 pointr/roasting

Espresso Coffee: The Science Of Quality

> Written by leading coffee technology specialists in consultation with some of the world's biggest coffee manufacturers, the second edition of the successful Espresso Coffee will once again comprehensively cover the current status of the chemistry and technology of espresso coffee. It comprehensively covers topics such as agronomy, green coffee processing, roasting/grinding, packaging, percolating and decaffeination techniques. It provides a comprehensive resource for those interested in the fundamental notions of coffee quality; with a point of reference given in the form of a detailed bibliography to provide direction to the wider literature.

u/Seiniku · 2 pointsr/roasting

The way I did it would work with any OS that Artisan supports, as long as Python is installed. It uses the "external program" device to run a very simple python script that polls the arduino website thing.

As far as parts go, I used, 2x and a bit of wire. I also got a battery for the huzzah thing so it doesn't add any power/network wiring to the roaster.

I could make more detailed write up if you're interested. It would take some tinkering, but would definitely be less expensive than most options.

u/my45acp1911 · 1 pointr/roasting

I've used the Airscape for years. I recommend the brushed steel. Reviews state the colors wear off. Mine still looks new.

What isn't obvious from some pictures is the plunger you push down to bean level, pushing out excess air. The clear lid has a valve to allow CO2 to vent.

u/Whitewhisky73 · 2 pointsr/roasting

Never bothered. I have a few jars from Taiwan with one way gas valves for fermented food. I never could tell the difference between them, my Evak jars, and using these lids. I just grabbed the lids really cheap at walmart. I do love my Evak jars though because they come in borosilicate. Evak jar in borosilicate

u/sarfreer · 2 pointsr/roasting

FreshRoast SR500 for $167. I've tried running this thing into the ground and it just won't die (We're talking 2 hours of consecutive roasting, completely nullifying the warranty). It's great for personal use.

Baratza Encore for $129. I've tried running this thing into the ground too. The motor shut off after 4 consecutive pounds of coffee. Then, after it cooled, kept grinding. Not fine enough for turkish coffee though.

That leaves $600 for the espresso maker, coffee and miscellaneous things (water filter, maybe)... which is reasonable.

u/DavidPx · 3 pointsr/roasting

I'm on my 4th or 5th roast with the same setup and it's worked out well so far. I haven't had much to tweak, just:

  • Replaced the plastic stirrer rod cap with a regular hex nut and some washers.
  • Made a riser ring, 2" tall, from some aluminum sheet metal
  • Disconnected the popper's heating element because it plus the oven was trying to draw over 20 amps. The element would cut out after a minute or two (heat limiter most likely) but I don't want to pop any breakers, and all the real heating comes from the oven not the popper.

    I haven't had to touch the stirrer rod yet. Monitoring the temperature of the beans is done with a digital thermometer, I simply shove the probe down into the beans. Feel free to hit me up with any other questions.
u/rr_power_granger · 1 pointr/roasting

Hi all, my goal is to construct a fluid bed roaster capable of roasting a half-pound of coffee per go.

For the motor, I'm looking at this electric leaf blower, and for the heating element, I'm looking to dissect this heat gun.

I'll use a pyrex baking tube, and a cocktail shaker to cap it off at the base. And then some machining magic to couple it to the mounting pipe.

Does it seem like this will get hot enough to roast a 1/2 pound?

I'm trying to upgrade from my current popper setup which can roast a max of 60 grams at a time (and that's with me constantly agitating with a shish kabob stick).

Edit: One possible improvement could be increasing the wattage of the heater to 2000W. Does anyone have a recommendation for a really cheap blower (or just the element itself)? Or would this water heater element work?

If I reclaim the air from the exhaust back into the pump, would this allow a 1500W heater to work?

u/frcn · 1 pointr/roasting

A second to Mill City Roasters "Roaster School".

The Hottop roasters manual has a good generic section on the roasting basics. Free download here.

Scott Rao's Coffee Roaster's Companion. It is more advanced than you need at the moment (at just under $50 it's not cheap, either), but in the future you might find it informative.

u/cocquyt · 2 pointsr/roasting

The good model is still avaliable on amazon for $15.

u/e-as-in-euler · 5 pointsr/roasting

Popcorn Popper.

Roasts by the 1/2-cup and great for learning. Run it with beans for about 5-8 minutes at a time, and make sure you listen for the cracks.

It's not as large or fancy as the other suggestions in the thread, but it's also not $300.

EDIT: It's also really simple to repair and modify. I've taken out the temperature governor and installed a thermometer.

u/bigdaub · 2 pointsr/roasting

Just a little bit of heat/air loss can cause this. My Ambex was doing something similar once. Turned out of of the panels was put back on upside down and there was an 1/8" gap. Here is what I would check.

  • Double check all the dampers are closing well

  • Double check all the panels are seal and closed

  • Check and clean the impeller in the blower housing. It can get gummed up and loose air flow.

  • Roast with one of these installed You will be able to see when the heating element kicks on and if it is flaking out on you mid roast.
u/hb122 · 2 pointsr/roasting

I use these -

The kraft paper lets me write what coffee I have inside the bag. By the time the bag is on the 12th or 13th roast there's a lot of scribbling and crossing out on it but they do the job and they're cheap.

u/bekroogle · 1 pointr/roasting

Actually, I got the code from roastLogger. I'd give you links, but I'm not at the computer at the moment. Anyway, somewhere out there, roastLogger has an Arduino repository. Simply upload that to the Arduino...

As far as hardware, I just bought this thermocouple + amp board: and voilà.

u/shtit · 1 pointr/roasting

I use this Amprobe with my 1600+. The wires do not terminate in long metal probes, so I can easily snake them into the roaster. This model also has USB so I can log roasts.

u/[deleted] · 1 pointr/roasting

Been using this exact one since starting home roasting... 1st one lasted about 550 batches (at least 240 lbs.) before I finally wore it out and I bought the same exact thing, modified it exactly the way I had the 1st one and back in business. It's stainless and very heavy duty to handle the heat/friction.

u/anderm3 · 5 pointsr/roasting

Get that heat sealer and a coffee bagging scoop and a scale and you'll be all set.

u/cpm67 · 2 pointsr/roasting

I used this one

Thunder Group 8 Cup Flour Sifter

300g batches take 12-15min depending on the ambient temperature and wind

u/traveler19395 · 1 pointr/roasting

Rattleware bean scoop:


Super common, but strangely seems to be sold out everywhere recently

u/watuphoss · 2 pointsr/roasting

I'm new to the game. Have about seven roasts under me.

I use the West Bend Air Crazy. Seems to do the trick, although the roasts are a tiny bit uneven.

u/orgy_of_idiocy · 1 pointr/roasting

On a flexible arm mounted on the table, ala this Kaldi mini. TC instead of thermometer. Scoot it out of the way when you drop.

u/vandelay82 · 1 pointr/roasting

This book is expensive, but is the only one I’ve seen consistently recommended. I shelled out for it and it is very detailed and no filler material.

u/freakydrew · 1 pointr/roasting

something like this and this

dumb question, would the kill-a-watt plug into the variac with the behmor plugged into the kill-a-watt? or behmor to variac to kill-a-watt to wall socket? (the latter does not make sense to me, but I am not a smart man)

u/aManPerson · 1 pointr/roasting

> Master Vari-Temp HG

so this one?

OH. it does have an analog dial for heat control, ok. is there another dial for fan speed control?

how do you use it? i'm using my current heatgun angled down about 30 degrees. exhaust heat is kicked back into the device and ruining mine.

mounting the gun so it points upwards would be the best for the device, but i don't think it's strong enough to make a fluid air bed roaster. mounting it so the gun sits sideways would minimize the heat pipe needed and it should still prevent lots of waste hot air from hitting the device.