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  1. #1
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    Looking for a very inexpensive home roaster

    If anyone can help with this, it would be greatly appreciated. I'm very interested in a home roaster that would give me the ability to come up with a darker roast. If that makes any sense. I've seen the Genie drum model that sounds appealling but, I would love to find something along the $500 range that might have some more important features. Finally, cheaper is always welcome but, not important. Maybe roast up to 1lb.

    Thanks,

    Oscar

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    It is called a cast iron frying pan.

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    Oh Boy, is this a can of worms!
    The home roasting machines that are available all present some serious shortcomings.
    The air roasters all take too long and in fact end up baking the beans.
    The drum style roasters are not conducive to achieving your desired "darker roast".
    I'm going to have to agree with wmark, you might as well use a frying pan and use the money you save to buy quality beans.
    Good luck.

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    Wmark is right get your self a cast iron frying pan and a wooded spoon.
    Line the bottom with coffee beans and put the heat on high when the beans start turning color lower the heat and begin moveing the beans around.
    Move them move them move them until you reach the desired shade. They will keep going even if you remove them from the heat so a spray bottle of water coulod be used for quenching. Don't soak them just mist them to stop the process.
    If you want some real fun
    when the beans have gotten to a few shades before your goal sprinkle some powdered sugar on them and keep mixing mixing mixing.
    They will become coated. Don't use the water quench for this it will make a mess.
    This makes the brew really great.
    They do it in central and south american, but there they use inferior grades when adding sugar.
    It's a cultural thing as most things coffee are.
    peter

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    Just a quick story...
    I had a guy call me and tell me he was roasting coffee at home. he went on and on with exact temps and roasting times. he was a real scientist.
    Well Im asked him how much was he roasting at a time. thinking he was roasting substancial amounts.
    he said " oh 4 to 6 oz.....
    I've modified my oven with insulation and thermal probes it works great."
    I was delighted! He was quite the character
    Peter

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    Funny, I've actually had several colleagues say the same thing. At first, I thought there has got to be something better within the range described above but, everyone, including yourselves said " a cast iron frying pan". Now I'll have to get one. Thanks a million for your help.

    Oscar

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    Hey Good luck! It's great fun but you may want to keep a window open. it can get smokey in the higher roasts.
    peter

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    There is a home roaster called the Iroast2 but the reviews are mixed. For under $200 I don't know how good it could be.
    Once you go espresso, you never go back...
    http://www.brevilleespressomachines.com

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    The IRoast is a toy.
    It's built to self destruct.
    It barely moves the beans, and works on a time based program (not reliable for consistent roasting).
    Lots of tipping, no bean temperature indication and chaff collection impedes air flow.
    Absolutely, a waste of $200.00, not recommended.

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    Any home roaster that cheap isn't going to do a good job anyway.

 

 
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