The 7 Best Home Coffee Roasters to Buy in 2018

Get the exact roast you want by roasting your own coffee beans

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First, you find good beans. Then you grind them yourself, for the freshest brew possible. When that’s not good enough, it’s time to take your coffee brewing even more seriously, by roasting your own coffee beans.
While you could roast coffee beans over a fire in a cast iron pan, it helps to have the proper equipment that heats the beans to the proper temperature while stirring or agitating them for even roasting.
The good news is that there are home coffee roasting options that range from very inexpensive to moderately expensive, so you can test the waters first, or jump straight into a serious coffee hobby. Green, unroasted beans are easily available online, in quantities that make sense for folks who want to drink what they brew.
The downside to coffee roasting is that it creates smoke and odor. Many people opt to do their roasting outdoors, while others find it sufficient to place the machine near a window or the stove’s vent hood. For the best coffee roasters for the finest cup of joe in town, check out our list. 

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    Gene Cafe Home Coffee Roaster

    This roaster can handle 250 grams (a bit more than 8 ounces) of green coffee beans, and it roasts them in about 15 minutes, depending on the depth of roast you prefer. The roasting chamber lets you see the beans as they roast so you can watch the process, and the time and temperature are fully adjustable so you can get exactly the roast you’re looking for.

    The off-axis rotation makes sure that the beans roast evenly, with no under-roasted or under-roasted beans in the batch, and it operates quietly.

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    Behmor 1600 Plus Customizable Drum Coffee Roaster

    This drum-style coffee roaster can handle up to one pound of coffee per batch and has five roast profile settings that make this easy to use for beginners, while the manual roasting override offers coffee aficionados the ability to endlessly tweak the settings to create the perfect brew.

    Proprietary smoke suppression technology makes this much more pleasant for indoor roasting since it creates no visible smoke, but you might still want to position the unit near a vent or window. The thermostatically controlled quartz roasting elements and the variable speed drum make sure the beans roast evenly. Meanwhile, the interior has a light so you can watch the roasting process to help gauge the doneness of the beans.
    This has a cooling cycle and easy chaff separation with a removable chaff tray that makes cleaning easy. This is not intended for roasting very dark beans.

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    Nuvo Eco Ceramic Handy Coffee Bean Roaster

    Make your coffee roasting an old-school fire-roasting process with this ceramic bean roaster with a cowhide grip. While it’s a serious tool, it’s attractive enough to use as a décor item when it’s not roasting beans, so you can leave it on display rather than hiding it in the pantry.
    This has a waffle-shaped internal structure for even roasting, while the rear hole lets you hear the telltale popping sounds that signal the stages of the roasting process.

    The ceramic material has good thermal conductivity to roast the beans properly, while the cowhide grip protects your hands, but it’s wise to wear gloves to protect from heat. The hot roaster should not be placed on a cold surface or immersed in water.

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    Nesco Coffee Bean Roaster

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    The catalytic converter in this coffee bean roaster significantly reduces smoke and odor during roasting, for a more pleasant indoor roasting experience. But the important part is the how the beans are roasted, with warm air and a powerful agitator that create perfectly roasted beans with even color.
    This can hold up to 1/3 pound of beans, and completely roasts a batch in less than 20 minutes, depending on the darkness of beans desired. Digital controls have presets that automatically roast and cool the beans with just the touch of a button, but you won’t have options to create your own roast profile.

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    FreshRoast Automatic Coffee Bean Roaster

    Easy to use for beginners, with complete control for those who want to tweak the settings, this can be used to roast any kind of coffee including dark roasts like espresso. For those who want ultimate control, this allows you to adjust the time and temperature while the machine is running, so you can tweak settings to match the way the beans are roasting.

    This has a cooling cycle and chaff collection for easy cleaning, but manual stirring is suggested for an even roast. This can roast up to four ounces of beans per batch.

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    ELEOPTION Coffee Beans Home Coffee Roaster

    Home coffee roasters limit the number of beans you can roast to rather small amounts, which means you’ll be doing a lot of roasting if you really love your coffee. This roaster can take you to the next level, with the ability to roast over three pounds of coffee per batch.

    It has a professionally designed thermostat that constantly monitors and adjusts the temperature and a transparent cover so you can watch the roasting process, while a nonstick finish makes it easy to clean when roasting is done.
    When this isn’t being used for coffee, it can also be us for roasting peanuts, popping popcorn, or for other food uses.

    This only runs on 220v, and you will need a 1500 watt step-up transformer for use in the US.

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    Wabash Valley Farms Whirley Pop Stovetop Popcorn Popper

    One of the worst-kept secrets among home coffee roasters is that some popcorn poppers can also be used for roasting coffee. This stovetop popper won’t offer you temperature control or smoke suppression, but it’s a dual-use item that does the job well.

    Since you can’t control the smoke, you should use this outdoors for coffee roasting or have an open window and a fan ready to remove the smoke and odor. Stir the beans constantly to ensure even roasting and listen for the popping sounds to gauge the roasting stages. Since coffee beans don’t fly around like popcorn, you can open the lid towards the end of the roasting time to judge the roasting color.

    You can roast about 1 cup of beans per batch in this popper