Best Home Coffee Roaster

Best Home Coffee Roaster

Best Home Coffee Roaster

All around the world, million (possibly billions) of people begin their day with a nice cup of coffee. Coffee has been popular for a long time now, and every town has at least one coffee shop, some with many more than that. Many coffee drinkers take the delicious beverage for granted and have no idea how much work it takes to get coffee beans from their natural fruity state into your end cup of coffee. That's why we made this list so that you can become the best home coffee roaster and possibly roast the coffee yourself.

Coffee is the most popular drink in the world, and the fact that you can do so much with it makes it incredibly versatile. While a black cup of coffee can be a little bitter for a lot of people, you can prepare many different beverages or foods with it. From black, bitter coffee, to sweet, caramel-full, flavored, almost-dessert beverages that can really give you a sugar rush. You can even use it to bake a delicious espresso dessert.

Since nearly half of the population in the United States drinks coffee every day, roughly 450 million cups of coffee, the need for quality coffee has never been higher. There are plenty of ways in which people buy coffee. Whether your preference is to go to a local coffee shop (hopefully not Starbucks), use some instant coffee, or buy freshly roasted Arabica coffee beans, there is no right way to go about it. We recommend buying whole bean coffee and grinding it fresh before brewing, but that's just us.

So, if you want to learn how to roast coffee on your own, whether it be for a hobby or to save some money, look no further than our list outlining which roasters you should buy. If you need the best home coffee roaster and are on a budget, check these out below!

1. Electric Coffee Roaster Machine

Electric Coffee Roaster

We are kicking off this list with a pretty basic one that should be great for beginners. When you’re starting your coffee making journey, it’s best to keep things simple, at least until you’re ready to move on to a more professional one. That’s where this machine enters the game.

This is the equivalent to a basic two-bread toaster, but of course, and even though it requires a bit more sophisticated machinery, it's pretty similar in many ways. It even looks like a sandwich toaster machine, but it's quite more complicated than that. With this machine, you can adjust the desired temperature from 0 to 240 degrees, and this means it can be used for much more than just roasting coffee. You could even use it to prepare some popcorn and roast mixed nuts. I would expect that to make the coffee take on unique flavors and tastes, so be cautious and have fun with it.

Anyways, we are here for the coffee roasting experience, and even though this machine is aimed for those just getting into coffee roasting you should be careful while using it. Inform yourself on the right temperature and times for your desired roasting level. If you are going to roast some high cupping scored coffee, like a Geisha, you may want a few practice runs first.

This roaster features a Teflon layer that makes it easy to clean and keeps beans from sticking to the bottom. You can fit about 800 grams of coffee beans to roast in one go, and thanks to the rotating arm inside of the compartment, it will make the roast even by moving up the beans. Be sure that you are constantly rotating the beans to avoid scorching. Thanks to the transparent glass lid, you can always keep an eye on your beans, and ensure the desired results.


2. Fresh Roast SR540

Fresh Roast SR540

This one is a much more refined, and an overall better looking coffee roaster. It's more expensive than the first one we mentioned, but it looks much better, and it gives you more control. It even features an LCD  screen to display the temperature at all times.

Sure, it roasts fewer coffee beans than the last one, at a maximum capacity of about 120 grams, but it offers better results in less time. Since most full pots of coffee require about 60 grams of coffee, one batch will last you a few days.

Thanks to its beauty it's also a great conversation starter. Everyone will want to know more about this beautiful machine in your kitchen. It may not be important for some, but having aesthetically pleasing kitchenware is important for many. Especially if it’s for something as important as your everyday coffee.

We haven’t mentioned one of the best things about this roaster. It includes its very own cooling system, this will make sure your freshly roasted coffee beans are cooled down and ready to be ground in no time. It's much faster than just leaving it to cool down with air and it'll prevent baking from occurring once the roast finished. Usually, you'd have to purchase a separate machine to do the cooling for you, but here, you get everything you need in one simple package.


3. NESCO, CR-04-13

NESCO, CR-04-13, Coffee Bean Roaster

This roaster is even simpler than the first one we mentioned on this list. This little machine simplifies the whole process to its most elemental parts. While it doesn't offer a temperature selection, nor a display to keep the temperature under control, it does offer two presets for your coffee roasting experience.

This compact design is perfect for people with little space in their kitchens, and it still can load up to a quarter of the raw coffee beans (200 grams). We've mentioned that it is much simpler than the other two, and it really simplifies the process to three back lit buttons. There's a button for a medium roast, one for dark roast, and then there's also a cool down button. 

It's less expensive and smaller than the other two on the list, but maybe keeping it so simple isn't always for the best. If you want to customize and have complete control over the roasting of your coffee beans, you'll want to be able to control the temperature and may consider some of the others on the list.

However, If you want the least expensive, and easiest to control, coffee roaster on this list, this is what you should be looking for. Get your coffee ready and roasted in about 20 minutes. It will roast small batches though, but it delivers excellent quality roasting for your coffee beans.


4. Nuvo Eco Ceramic Handy Coffee Bean Roaster

Nuvo Eco Ceramic Handy Coffee Bean Roaster

Alright, it’s true that we just mentioned that the latest one was the most budget-friendly coffee roaster on this list. But this one here, is cheaper, and it is more artisan. To be fair, this is the cheapest manual coffee roaster and the other is the cheapest automatic coffee roaster.

This one is especially for the purists and most naturalistic coffee lovers. The Nuvo Eco Ceramic coffee bean roaster is great for really crafting and focusing on the bean as it requires more of a manual procedure. We recommend this one especially if you've roasted coffee before or if you'd like a little bit of a challenge.

A word of notice though, it won't really work with an induction counter top, you'll have to use a traditional stove. Ceramic works great at keeping the heat inside, and thanks to the hole on top, you'll be able to hear the noises of coffee beans roasting. If you have never experienced first crack before, you're in for a treat!

One last reason you should be using this more traditional roaster is that you get to completely control the temperature or how long you’re roasting your coffee. And not just that, but you can also smell the delicious scent of coffee beans slowly roasting.