Coffee Roasters

Throughout our site, we have often repeated the aroma and the unique point of buying the coffee beans, and grinding them at home, instead of buying the pre-ground coffee. For that, of course you need a coffee grinder.

Some people prefer to go a step further, buy the green coffee beans and roast the coffee at home. How? You didn’t know you could? Of course! The task of roasting the coffee beans is not exclusive to industrial coffee roasters: now you can do it yourself with a domestic coffee roaster. And that’s what we’re going to talk about in our guide today.

When buying a coffee roaster online, there are several things to consider. First of all, these are purely domestic appliances and are very much geared towards automating the delicate task of roasting coffee.  Household coffee roasters have nothing to do with old coffee roasters or handmade coffee roasters.

The second is that the supply on Amazon is not excessive, and prices are somewhat expensive. Logical, because these are not very popular appliances (here we like to throw away the fast track, and buy the grain already roasted).

Tips for buying a coffee roaster

If you’re buying a coffee roaster for your home, you should be clear on several concepts (it’s not a common household appliance, so avoid confusion).

The first thing you need to know is the type of coffee roaster you want or need. There are basically two: air-roasters and drum-roasters. We’ll talk about them in more detail later on.

You should also be clear about its dimensions, and the space where you are going to place it in your kitchen. Domestic coffee roasters are not exactly small appliances, and it is not very practical to take them out and put them away after each use.

Finally, there are a few parameters you should calibrate, or look at, before you buy your coffee roaster online.

  • Capacity: How many grams of coffee beans can you roast peruse? 200 grams maximum? Half a kilo? 1500 grams? Think carefully about the needs you’ll have depending on the coffees you consume at home every day, and the storage capacity you have (if you have a 1000 gram can of coffee, for example, it doesn’t make sense to roast 1500 grams).
  • Roasting level: This is the most delicate point, because the degree of roasting of the coffee beans depends on the final taste of the product, and this is very much to the taste of each individual. It is a rather subjective measure, and therefore we recommend you to pay attention to the amount of roasting levels or degrees that you can program in your coffee roaster. The more possibilities, the easier it will be to find the right spot for your taste.

Types of coffee roasters

There are two main types of coffee roasters:

  • Air coffee roasters.
  • Drum coffee roasters.

An air coffee roaster is usually the classic industrial roaster, while a drum coffee roaster is intended for private or domestic use. Why? Well, it is essential because air-roasters usually allow a larger quantity of coffee to be roasted at the same time.

The drum roaster allows for more control of the roast, but has a more limited space and is not suitable for professional use.

You can also buy a separate drum or rotary roaster, to attach it to our oven for example, and roast the coffee beans or any other ingredients or nuts you like in it.

There are also gas roasters, but these are also used almost exclusively in the industrial sector.

The best coffee roasters of 2020

If a user wants to buy a coffee roaster for his home, the first idea is obvious: go on the Internet. The truth is that there are not many models for sale on Amazon, but we can clearly distinguish two home coffee roasters from each other. We present them to you below:

Bean Plus coffee roaster

This is a domestic coffee roaster, as its name suggests, but it could perfectly fit into the group of semi-professional coffee roasters. This is the Bean Plus coffee roaster from Gina World.

Every detail of this home coffee roaster is taken care of. Starting with its appearance, which is impressive. The design is crowned by a spectacular steel dome that serves as a cover and has a safety lock to prevent the roaster from opening while in operation. Nothing like the old coffee roasters.

Its handling is also very simple: you pour the coffee beans into the roaster (maximum 200 grams), close and lock the lid, and choose the level of roasting (there are 9 predetermined intensities). The homogeneity of the roasting is highly satisfactory, and in general the product is clearly thinking to satisfy the demands of the most expert users, although we fear that this is not a very abundant consumer profile.

Our opinion: The Bean Plus roaster is perhaps the best home coffee roaster, but it has to compensate you a lot for the price it has in relation to the frequency of use you are going to give it.

If you only want it to taste or to roast your coffee from time to time, you may find the coffee roaster shown below more profitable and practical.

Vogvigo home coffee roaster

The Vogvigo coffee roaster is a 100% domestic coffee roaster, which is much more user-oriented than the previous one. Both in terms of performance, convenience and above all cost. If you are fond of roasting your coffee yourself often, and therefore do not always find it practical to walk around depending on whether you plug in the kitchen or the oven, a home coffee roaster like this is just what you need.

The main advantage of the Vogvigo electric coffee roaster is its simplicity and speed. Simply pour the coffee beans into the container, plug it into the mains, and press the power switch. That’s all there is to it. Then you will have to regulate the temperature with the dial, from 100 to 240º C, to find the right roasting point for your taste. If you fill it to the top, you can roast up to 1500 grams (kilo and a half) of green coffee beans.

As you may have guessed, this is an air coffee roaster. The pan (or the inside of the container, as we like to call it) is non-stick, and has a glass lid to protect the beans while roasting.  The complete diameter of the appliance is 32 cms, and the height is 12 cm.

If you are looking to buy a small coffee roaster for your home, look no further: this electric model is just what you need.

Vogvigo Coffee Roaster Home Coffee Beans Roasting Machine,Household Stainless Steel Electric Drum...
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Vogvigo Coffee Roaster Home Coffee Beans Roasting Machine,Household Stainless Steel Electric Drum...
  • Non-Stick chassis , Also suitable for grinding spices etc
  • Temperature adjustable:100 degrees C to 240 degrees C.
  • Professional Design thermostat automatic constant temperature heating uniform mixing baking
  • Heat-resistant transparent cover, see see the heating process, the top four-hold ventilation system, so Shannon gas to diffuse your cafe
  • 2 Years Warranty .Refund:100% refund if item quality defective. SAFE WARRANTY - This coffee roaster is FDA and LFGB certified

Industrial coffee roasters

Here we present you other models of industrial coffee roasters, which are called that way not because of their capacity, but mainly because of their size. They are drum-type coffee roasters, and this makes their dimensions unsuitable for having the appliance permanently located in our kitchen (unless we have a giant kitchen, of course).

As you can see, the price when buying these industrial coffee roasters does not invite optimism either. Their purchase makes much more sense for organisations, companies or cooperatives who will be using their coffee roaster on a daily and frequent basis.

To find out more about large coffee roasters (those used by companies), you can read our guide to industrial coffee roasters.

Gene Cafe CBR-101 Coffee Roaster Black
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Gene Cafe CBR-101 Coffee Roaster Black
  • Green coffee roasting Machine
  • Off Axis Rotation of roasting chamber for even roast
  • 275g Maximum roast batch size for optimum roast
  • Adjust temperature and roast time on the fly
  • Clearly see the coffee roasting within the clear roasting chamber

It is precisely for this last reason (cost) that there is often a demand for used coffee roasters. A business that is just starting out should save costs anyway, and a good way to do this is to buy used coffee roasters, or other second-hand items to get rid of during the first months or years of activity.

The price of these second-hand coffee roasters on Amazon is usually much lower than new models, but since they are not overly popular items, there are often no second-hand units for sale. It is a matter of checking the links from time to time, and taking advantage of the opportunity as soon as it arises.

Books on coffee roasting

Coffee roasting is a key process for the aroma and subsequent taste of our preparations, although, in 99% of cases, consumers do not worry much about it and buy the coffee already roasted in beans (and in many cases already ground, which is even worse).

Luckily, this trend is slowly changing, and more and more coffee lovers are concerned about roasting. There are numerous books on coffee roasting and on how to roast coffee at home, but all the references on this subject are in English.

If language is not a problem for you, here is a selection of the best books on coffee roasting (at home) that you can find on Amazon:

The Coffee Roaster's Companion by Scott Rao (2014-05-04)
Hardcover Book; Scott Rao (Author); English (Publication Language); 89 Pages - 02/23/2021 (Publication Date) - Scott Rao (Publisher)
Home Coffee Roasting: Romance & Revival
Davids, Kenneth (Author); English (Publication Language); 240 Pages - 11/21/2003 (Publication Date) - St Martin's Press (Publisher)
The Coffee Dictionary: An A-Z of Coffee, from Growing & Roasting to Brewing & Tasting
Hardcover Book; Colonna-Dashwood, Maxwell (Author); English (Publication Language); 253 Pages - 10/17/2017 (Publication Date) - Chronicle Books Llc (Publisher)
Home Coffee Roasting
Davids, K. (Author); English (Publication Language); 216 Pages - 01/16/1996 (Publication Date) - St Martin's Press (Publisher)
Roasting Coffee: How to Roast Green Coffee Beans like a Pro: 3 (I Know Coffee)
Simms, Jessica (Author); English (Publication Language); 50 Pages - 09/06/2017 (Publication Date) - Independently published (Publisher)
33 Roasts
Hardcover Book; English (Publication Language); 04/27/2017 (Publication Date) - 33 Books Co (Publisher)

Oven coffee fountains

These are not coffee roasters as such, but rather containers specifically designed and built for roasting coffee in the oven. You can use any other similar “homemade” pan or container instead, but if you are going to roast coffee in the oven often, it will pay off in the long run to use an oven-roasting dish like these:

The main quality of these coffee roasting sources is that they are built with specific materials, designed to withstand the high temperatures reached inside the oven (some have a ceramic coating, and a wooden or leather handle to hold them safely).

They also have a lid that ensures better heat retention and more uniform roasting across the surface of the beans.

How to roast coffee at home

If you are not convinced to buy a domestic coffee roaster, you can always try roasting your coffee in a traditional way, directly in the kitchen. You can either use an ovenproof dish (like we have seen before), or put a frying pan on the cooker. Here are a few videos with examples of all these processes:

In this other video you can see how to roast coffee in the oven at home:

And finally, an example of how to roast coffee in a pan, directly over your kitchen fire: