Our Top Picks
Best Overall: Nesco Coffee Bean Roaster at Wayfair
"The Nesco Coffee Bean Roaster is highly reviewed, affordably priced, and a great way to upgrade your at-home coffee."
Best Design: Nuvo Eco Ceramic Handy Coffee Bean Roaster at Amazon
"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."
"With a simple design and a budget price, this coffee roaster just needs a gas stove to get your morning coffee started."
Best Splurge: KALDI Motorized Home Coffee Roaster at Amazon
"It will entirely transform your at-home coffee experience, exposing the optimal flavor notes in every batch of beans."
Best Customizable: Fresh Roast SR800 at Amazon
"Adjust key settings like temperature, fan speed, and roast time thanks to a single knob and an easy-to-read LCD display."
Best Large Capacity: MIFXIN Home Coffee Roaster Machine at Amazon
"It holds a whopping 750 grams—roughly 1.6 pounds—of your favorite coffee beans."
Best Alternative Roaster: Wabash Valley Farms Whirley Pop at Amazon
"Stir the beans constantly to ensure even roasting and listen for the popping sounds to gauge the roasting stages."
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Best Overall: Nesco Coffee Bean Roaster
With the touch of a button, the Nesco Coffee Bean Roaster turns raw coffee into a delicious, ready-to-brew batch of beans, and the whole process takes just 20 minutes. All you have to do is select either medium or dark roast, then use the cool down function to avoid overcooking or burning the beans. A chaff collector prevents bean waste from getting all over and makes cleaning the machine easy once you're finished.
Depending on your coffee-roasting needs, however, the size of the product might be a considerable drawback. It holds just a quarter pound of coffee beans, which works great for personal use but may be a bit small if you want to roast a lot of beans at once. Aside from that, the Nesco Coffee Bean Roaster is highly reviewed, affordably priced, and a great way to upgrade your at-home coffee.
02 of 07
Best Design: Nuvo Eco Ceramic Handy Coffee Bean Roaster
Make your coffee 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.
03 of 07
Best Budget: CAFEMASY Stainless Steel Home Coffee Roaster
With a simple design and a budget price, this stainless steel coffee roaster only needs to be placed over a gas stove—electric stoves aren't recommended, unfortunately—to get your morning coffee started. The roasting process for this item is more hands-on than that of other, pricier models, but customers say it still gets the job done, praising the item for its ease of use and the flavor that it produces.
While the product doesn't come with instructions, tips and tricks are readily available online; all you have to do is pour 50-80 grams of coffee beans and move the mesh basket over a flame for roughly 10 minutes. When the beans are finished and brewing in your coffee maker, clean-up is a breeze: you can either rinse the basket with warm water or simply toss it in your dishwasher.
04 of 07
Best Splurge: KALDI Motorized Home Coffee Roaster
This roaster delivers the look, feel, and final product of a coffeehouse-worthy machine. It will entirely transform your at-home coffee experience, exposing the optimal flavor notes in every batch of beans.
A high price tag makes the item a long-term investment, but the features and performance make it worthwhile. The stirring drum holds up to 250 grams of coffee beans, though 200 grams is the recommended amount per batch. Fully motorized, all you have to do is place the roaster over a gas burner for heat to be evenly and thoroughly distributed across the raw coffee beans. Other features include an easy-to-read thermometer, a probe rod, and a reliable chaff holder. If this machine isn't quite the right fit, measuring 14.1 x 8 x 22.1 inches, KALDI also manufactures a high quality mini roaster that is smaller in size and slightly cheaper.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
05 of 07
Best Customizable: Fresh Roast SR800 Coffee Roaster
This electric coffee roaster lets users adjust key settings like temperature, fan speed, and roast time. While many customizable roasters are overly complicated, a mess of buttons and dials, this machine is simple to use thanks to a single adjustment knob and an easy-to-read LCD display. There are nine temperature settings and nine fan speeds in total, and customers say most roast times take 10-20 minutes.
Before use, check to see whether your coffee beans are wet processed or dry processed; you can fit up to 8 ounces of wet-processed beans in the roasting chamber but only 6 ounces of dry-processed ones. Customers add that optimal batches are slightly less than that, however. All in all, the SR800 has high marks for flavor, value for money, and ease of use, with most customers giving it an overall rating of five stars.
06 of 07
Best Large Capacity: MIFXIN Home Coffee Roaster Machine
MIFXIN's Home Coffee Roaster not only has one of the largest bean capacities you can find, it's also one of the most affordably priced machines out there. It holds a whopping 750 grams—roughly 1.6 pounds—of your favorite coffee beans. Customers give the item especially high marks in durability and value for money, suggesting that it's a sound long-term investment for coffee lovers who want to craft their favorite caffeinated drink from step one.
This roaster is also extremely user friendly. The inside is lined with non-stick material for easy cleaning, and it's simple to adjust the temperature thanks to a dial that goes from 0-240 degrees. Flip the switch and in just 30 minutes you'll have rich, home-roasted coffee beans—or, as an extra perk, you can roast various nuts.
07 of 07
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.