Home Coffee Roasting
Minimize the compromise in choosing a home coffee roaster
Home roasting is about compromise.
People start roasting coffee at home for a variety of reasons. Some are simply curious and others are trying to save money.
Nearly everyone starts slow. It’s easy to spend a hundred or dollars or more on green coffee and a guy can easily spend hundreds more on a Gene Café or Hottop roaster. Even with a machine as affordable as a Behmor, beans and a roaster can total over $400 before you have roasted even a single batch.
For this reason, most of us compromise and “try it out” with a small order from Sweet Marias and a popcorn popper.
Once you have taken this tiny plunge, a couple of things quickly become apparent. Drinking fresh roasted coffee quickly moves from a luxury to a necessity. That makes equipment necessary too. For me, the Behmor was the logical choice. What it lacked in features was more than made up for in affordability. It treated me well and I still like it.
As you begin to master your craft, you’ll find that sharing your freshly roasted coffee is as much fun as roasting and drinking it.
This is probably where you’re going to want more sophisticated equipment.
Mill City Roasters puts a commercial drum roaster as good as your beans within reach. You’ll get all the capability without the expensive hype.
If you want to learn to roast professionally, we’ll get you a roaster you can afford to learn on. Read more about electric coffee roasters here.