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    Roasting at home

    Hi all,

    I am fairly new to "good coffee" having only been at this for about a year... I haven't ever tried roasting at home, but it looks interesting.

    Are there any tips or good sources for me to look at with regards to this? Any suggestions for what kind of equipment to use?

    Also is this something that is feasible off the start, or does it take a while for you to get good enough that your beans or drinkable?

    I've also heard that it produces a lot of smoke... any way to get around this?

    Thanks

    Edit* Sorry I just realized theres a roasting section...
    Last edited by tankin_tummy; 09-03-2012 at 07:57 PM.

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    There are lots of ways to roast, with good results, but the best way to come close to what a professional roaster can do is to use a bbq setup. It costs a couple hundred bucks, but can equal a pro roaster (though not consistently), and has the advantage of capacity (2-4lbs usually).

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    trial and error will get your best results. you will have to drink your mistakes! (which imo is still good coffee) i agree with poison on the bbq setup. you will need a 50 rpm motor for more consistent results, and you need to be a handyman of sorts. this process will need to be done in a well ventilated area (outside) as it will produce a small amount of smoke and chaff mess.
    Last edited by namballe; 09-04-2012 at 08:42 AM.

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    I recommend you purchase the book, "Home Coffee Roasting, Romance and Revival," by Kenneth Davids. The book retails for about $18. (Amazon carries it.) I liked it enough that we're carrying it in our roasting/retail shop.

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    I guess I would prefer something relatively cheap (not much more than $100... maybe $200 tops) since I am a student. Also I am renting part of a house, so something that doesn't produce too much smoke. I heard using a popcorn popper outside works... or using an oven (since the oven sucks up the smoke). I don't care about quantity since only I will be drinking the coffee... a pound lasts me about 2-3 weeks so I would not want to raost anymore than that at a time

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    I've been roasting coffee for two years now with an Iroast 2.I would recommend it as a good beginners roaster for unde two hundred dollars... I Would also reccomend the gene cafe drum roaster as a higher quality 4-500$ roaster.
    - Popcorn poppers although the cheapest are probably the most difficult to get consistent roasts.
    - Air roasters are usually less expensive and not the most consistent roaster, but they can be a good starter.
    - Drum roasters are usually the most consistent and expensive. Most commercial roasters are drum roasters and although I haven't owned one yet from my research it is the preferred roaster for home and commercial roasters.
    In answer to what to do about the smoke, u can roast outside or install a ventilation system, also most of the better roasters have built in smoke reducers...Hope that helps. Regards The Legend
    Last edited by midwest.thelegend; 09-04-2012 at 10:05 PM. Reason: Poor grammar

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    Hello "midwest.thelegend"

    Welcome to the Coffee Forums website!

    Do you roast with your IRoast2 outside of your house or do you use it inside?

    I'm concerned about smoke too, and that's the main reason why I've been putting off buying a home roaster.

    Recently, I was thinking about buying a drum coffee roasting attachment to use with my George Forman rotisserie, but I'm wondering if that idea has disaster written all over it.

    I've been pondering getting a home coffee roaster for about 5 years. One day I'll take the plunge.

    Rose

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    If you have a vent over your stove, as most do, and money is a consideration, sweet maria's sells whirley bird popcorn poppers and thermometers.

    Stovetop Roasters | Sweet Maria's Coffee

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    Ha! The dope who built my house put in a Frigidaire stove, and the attached "vent" sucks the air in and it goes into a filter and blows it back into the kitchen. I was very disappointed to discover that it didn't vent to the outside when I was using the broiler and the steaks got a bit charcoaled. Whoever came up with that "vent" idea should be shot. The smoke detectors went off then, and I'm sure they would go off if I ever tried to roast coffee beans. I really, really hate that sound!

    I'm guessing I'll just keep on buying my coffee beans from my local roaster.

    Rose

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    Rose,
    I do roast my coffee outside. The problem is changing tempatures mess with your roast settings, consiquently your roasting consistency will be effected by the changing seasons, hot and humid weather effects your roast negatively the most.
    If u buy your Iroast 2 from Sweet Maria's they include a attachment for hooking up to a drier vent so u can vent out a window, door, or something...
    Last edited by midwest.thelegend; 09-05-2012 at 04:59 PM.

 

 
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