My first steps in home coffee roasting started with a hot air popcorn popper and quickly progressed to a very nice Behmor 1600 coffee roaster. It has been a fun and educational journey. Learning about bean origins, sourcing, and the basics of coffee roasting, have been fun and rewarding. I’ve roasted some pretty good coffee with the Behmore but consistently good coffee is hit or miss. Consistency requires more control to and more information from the roaster; Neither of which the Behmore provides. So, as promised in my “first steps” post, I am sharing my preliminary research as I seek the best coffee roaster for my needs.
There are many different types of coffee roasters. My research has filtered out several types of roasters including hot air, electric, and roasters that do not use a drum. These never made the list. I also eliminated roasters with horrible reviews as well as those manufacturers who do not offer any representation for sales or service here in the United States. So, the basic requirements are: