Our Top Picks
Best Ease of Use: Behmor 1600 Plus Drum Coffee Roaster at Amazon
"Can handle up to one pound of coffee per batch and has five roast profile settings that make this easy to use for beginners."
Best Speed: Gene Cafe Home Coffee Roaster at Amazon
"This roaster can handle 250 grams (a bit more than 8 ounces) of green coffee beans, and it roasts them in about 15 minutes."
Best Design: Nuvo Eco Ceramic Handy Coffee Bean Roaster at Amazon
"While it’s a serious tool, it’s attractive enough to use as a décor item when it’s not roasting beans."
Best Preset Controls: Nesco Coffee Bean Roaster at Home Depot
"Warm air and a powerful agitator that create perfectly roasted beans with even color."
Best Customizable Settings: FreshRoast Automatic Roaster at Amazon
"This can be used to roast any kind of coffee including dark roasts like espresso."
Best for Large Batches: ELEOPTION Home Coffee Roaster at Amazon
"This roaster can take you to the next level, with the ability to roast over three pounds of coffee per batch."
Best Alternative Roaster: Wabash Valley Popcorn Popper at Amazon
"This stovetop popper won’t offer you temperature control or smoke suppression, but it’s a dual-use item that does the job well."
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Best Ease of Use: 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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Best Speed: 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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Best Design: 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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Best Preset Controls: Nesco Coffee Bean Roaster
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 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.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Best Customizable Settings: 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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Best for Large Batches: 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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Best Alternative Roaster: 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
What to Look for in a Coffee Roaster
Capacity Is coffee roasting going to be an occasional hobby or a new passion? Most home roasters are designed to roast small amounts of coffee, but it’s a good idea to consider how often you want to roast and the volume of beans you plan to roast at a time.
Manual or automatic From fully manual to fully automatic, you can find a coffee roaster that fits your needs. Fully automatic machines make roasting easier but are more expensive, while manual machines are more budget-friendly but require constant attention during the roasting time.
Smoke suppression Coffee roasting produces quite a bit of smoke, no matter what method you use. If you’re going to be using your roaster outdoors, the smoke shouldn’t be a problem, but if you prefer to do the roasting in your kitchen, it might be wise to pick one with a smoke suppression system. You should also consider whether you can position your roaster near a window or under a vent fan.