Best Coffee Roasters

Review & Comparison, Last Update March 16, 2017
Coffee roasting is a delicate art of turning raw green beans into freshly roasted coffee. Would you like to be an expert roaster? Nothing is impossible with a handy coffee roaster that brings out the best to your morning cup of coffee! Look at our coffee roaster review and make your pick! ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Type
Heat Source
Capacity
Roast Time
Cups of Coffee
Control
Functions
Usability
Dimensions
 
PROS
2 quartz-halogen light bulbs ensure the most even roasting of coffee beans at a constant temperature. An additional benefit is a high-capacity drum.
CONS
It requires an extra exhaust hood to eliminate the emitted smoke and smell.
OUR VERDICT
This fully automatic coffee roaster is the best alternative for home use as well as small coffee shops. Try out different types of coffee roast ranging from delicate light to extra dark with a variety of coffee roasting programs!
detailed parameters
Type
Drum Roaster
Heat Source
Electric
Capacity
1/4 - 1 pounds
Roast Time
8-25 minutes
Cups of Coffee
20-80 cups
Control
Electronic
Functions
3 buttons for weight, 4 buttons for time + Manual roasting override, 5 customizable roast profile settings (for setting a roast degree), Cooling cycle
Usability
Removable chaff tray, See-through window, LED drum lighting, Patented pending smoke suppression technology, Plastic handle
Dimensions
9 x 9 x 15.2 inches
PROS
This compact coffee roaster provides really silent operation and won't take much space on your countertop.
CONS
The roasting of coffee beans is a bit slow at the beginning of the process.
OUR VERDICT
It's a great deal for a couple of coffee connoisseurs! This coffee roaster offers user-friendly controls, which require almost no effort. Yet, you will be really surprised at the excellent quality and fast roasting.
detailed parameters
Type
Air Roaster
Heat Source
Electric
Capacity
Up to 1/4 pounds
Roast Time
Up to 10 minutes
Cups of Coffee
20 cups
Control
Electromechanical
Functions
Variable convection fan control, 3 temperature settings, Cooling cycle
Usability
Clear bowl for roasting control, Removable chaff tray, Plastic handle
Dimensions
6 x 6 x 13 inches
PROS
A programmable memory function allows storing information about your previous roast options without the need for further manual adjustment.
CONS
You may find this coffee roaster machine a bit loud as it is constantly stirring coffee beans with the help of the screw.
OUR VERDICT
The best choice for this price! This innovative coffee roasting machine has a multitude of handy features, making the roasting process really convenient.
detailed parameters
Type
Air Roaster
Heat Source
Electric
Capacity
Up to 1/3 pounds
Roast Time
Up to 20 minutes
Cups of Coffee
36 cups
Control
Electronic
Functions
Cooling cycle, Roasting time control, Memory area for previously saved program
Usability
Patented Catalytic Technology (reduces smoke and odor), Clear bowl for roasting control, Removable chaff tray, Marks on the bowl, Plastic handle
Dimensions
13 x 9 x 12 inches
PROS
State-of-the-art Air Roasting Technology guarantees an even heating inside the coffee roaster to ensure a thorough roasting of coffee beans.
CONS
The coffee roaster can get very hot during roasting.
OUR VERDICT
You can control all the factors that impact the roasting, such as the temperature inside the drum. Take several coffee beans out of the machine to determine their readiness without interrupting the roasting cycle. Let yourself feel like a coffee roasting expert!
detailed parameters
Type
Drum Roaster
Heat Source
Gas, Electric
Capacity
Up to 1/2 pounds
Roast Time
10-15 minutes
Cups of Coffee
40 cups
Control
Mechanic
Functions
Thermometer for drum temperature control (up to 250°C)
Usability
Wide hopper, Probe Rod to control roast degree, Removable chaff tray, Wooden handle
Dimensions
6.3 х 7.9 х 11.8 inches
PROS
Made of eco-friendly ceramic material characterized by high durability and thermal conductivity.
CONS
Constant manual stirring is required.
OUR VERDICT
Nuvo Eco coffee roaster greatly differs from other models presented on our shortlist as it requires manual stirring, thereby you have to take control of the entire roasting process. However, after practicing a bit, you will get superb fresh-roasted coffee at a reasonable price.
detailed parameters
Type
Air Roaster
Heat Source
Gas
Capacity
1/16 - 1/7 pounds
Roast Time
5-15 minutes
Cups of Coffee
8-10 cups
Control
Manual
Functions
Bean drain function through the handle hole
Usability
Cowhide leather handle grip, Waffle-shaped internal design for even roasting, Ergonomics
Dimensions
10 x 6.5 x 3 inches

What is a Coffee Roaster

Many people today start their day with a cup of strong and refreshing hot coffee. Do you wonder how to make high-quality coffee with exceptional fragrance? What can you do to fully enjoy your coffee and feel energized all day long? The answer is simple - roast and grind it yourself! For this purpose, various kinds of coffee roasters are specially designed to obtain evenly roasted coffee at home. The roasting process is fairly simple - just put raw green coffee beans into the drum or the bowl, where they are treated with hot air and mixed up. Normally, beans are cooled with forced air after roasting. In fact, a good coffee roaster is what makes your coffee exceptionally fresh with deep, rich flavor, and aroma.

For the genuine coffee lovers, take advantage of our best coffee grinders for making freshly brewed coffee and coffee machines for effective at-home brewing.

What Features to Compare

Once you make a decision to get a coffee roaster, the first thing you should pay attention to is the Type and the Heat Source of a roaster machine. Typically, there are drum and air coffee roasters that generally differ in their methods of roasting. To put an air coffee roaster into operation, you need to load beans into the bowl, which is heated by forced hot air, constantly stirring the beans during the roasting process. Normally, the roasters of this type are quieter and faster in operation, but they are characterized by a rather small roasting capacity (about 0.2 - 0.3 lbs). On the contrary, drum coffee roasters are usually of a larger size that allows grinding larger amounts of coffee beans at a time. When using the coffee roaster of this type you need to turn on the machine, put beans into the drum and close it while the beans are being stirred continuously. Commonly, coffee roasters use electronic and gas heat sources. To get started, an electric coffee roaster requires connection to the mains whereas a gas coffee roaster needs a gas stove to heat it to the required temperature. However, there are some exceptional models with a combined heat source, i.e. the roasting is done by means of heated gas, but also requires a network connection to put the drum into operation.

Another important feature is the Performance of the coffee roaster. The capacity and the roast time influence the performance of the machine. It's necessary to find out how many family members basically drink coffee, how much coffee they drink per day and how strong it is. This helps you understand what amount of roasted coffee you need so that you don't have to repeat this procedure too often. For instance, 1/4 pound of coffee will be quite enough for a family of two coffee lovers per week. Since you’re going to regularly roast coffee beans, it’s important to choose a coffee roaster that will maximally preserve the natural taste and flavor of coffee beans. In general, the roast time depends on the roast profile you prefer - delicate light or very dark roast. Apparently, the light roast profile requires shorter roast time compared to the darker one. The roasting time will also vary with adding more or less coffee beans at a heat.

Another feature that you need to take into consideration is the Usability of the coffee roaster that is influenced by controls, functions, and size. There are models with an electronic, mechanic, and manual type of controls currently available on the market. Some coffee roasters require constant control of the roasting process, while others make the roasting process more automated, which means you need to select a program, set the capacity and weight, and the machine will do the rest. Furthermore, dimensions play an important role when it comes to finding the right place for your home coffee roaster in the kitchen. One more useful feature is a see-through window in the drum coffee roasters and a clear bowl in the air coffee roasters; both are very handy to more accurately determine the level of readiness and roasting. An additional bonus is a cooling cycle, which allows the beans and the machine to cool quickly and reduces the risk of skin burns. Since coffee emits smoke and odor during the process of roasting, some models feature a patented smoke suppression technology that requires no additional air vent and there is also no need to ventilate the room where you roast your coffee. What is more, a coffee roaster comes with a removable chaff tray, making cleaning the roaster much easier and convenient.

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Behmor 1600 Plus

Heat Source

This fully automatic electric coffee roaster is really easy to use even for inexperienced users - all you need to do is plug it in and switch on. This high-end coffee roaster features a high capacity rotating drum made of the highest quality perforated steel. The drum rotates continuously to provide an exceptionally high-quality roast. 2 quartz-halogen light bulbs produce heat, working so whisper-quiet that you may actually hear a popping sound of the coffee beans being roasted. Besides, many components used are made of steel that is a proof of high quality and excellent durability of this roaster machine.

Performance

Behmor electric drum coffee roaster has the largest roasting capacity among the models presented on the shortlist. It is capable of roasting up to 1 pound of raw green coffee beans. This gourmet coffee roaster is a great choice not only for home coffee roasting, but also for using in small coffee shops. If you need a smaller amount of coffee to be roasted, load 0.25 or 0.5 pounds of raw green coffee beans and select the right weight. The roasting time may vary greatly from 8 to 25 minutes, depending on the degree of roast (light, medium or dark) and the weight as well.

Usability

This fully automatic roaster is extremely easy-to-use. You just need to load raw green coffee beans into the rotating drum, select the weight and program, and wait for your ready-to-drink coffee. The coffee roaster features 3 weight buttons along with 5 customizable roast profile settings, allowing you to achieve the exact color and quality of roasted beans that you like. After the roast cycle, the roaster goes into a cooling cycle, which significantly speeds up the cooling process. Also, the drum LED lighting makes it possible to watch the roasting process in action from the outside. Moreover, a patented smoke suppression technology considerably reduces the amount of smoke and odor emissions. Furthermore, the coffee roaster features a large built-in removable chaff tray made of high-quality stainless steel, which increases its durability and ensures easy cleaning. Thus, if you are looking for a fully automatic roaster, making high-quality, freshly roasted coffee, this very model will perfectly suit your needs!

VIDEO
Roasting coffee with a Behmor 1600 plus
Behmor 1600 Plus
Behmor 1600 Plus
 

FreshRoast SR500

Heat Source

FreshRoast automatic coffee roaster uses electricity to roast coffee beans. The model features a clear bowl to watch the beans as the roast progresses and uses forced hot air for roasting. Yet, an exhaust fan effectively stirs beans to distribute them evenly inside the bowl. This electric green coffee roaster is characterized by a compact size and low weight. Besides, this model boasts really quiet operation so that you feel comfortable to roast coffee at home.

Performance

This coffee bean roaster has a roasting capacity of 1/4 pounds that means you can make about 20 cups of roasted coffee, depending on the serving size. This coffee roaster features quite a small bowl capacity, which helps accelerate the roasting process up to 10 minutes plus a few minutes for the cooling cycle. However, you should bear in mind that making dark roasted coffee tends to take a bit longer.

Usability

FreshRoast coffee roaster has 3 temperature settings that help you achieve the maximum quality of roasted coffee. The coffee roaster comes with a digital timer, which shows how much time is left until the roasting process is completed. Besides, you can easily adjust the exhaust fan speeds, which is very convenient and time-saving. Moreover, a removable chaff tray greatly facilitates cleaning while the bowl with a comfortable plastic handle reduces the risk of injury from hot coffee. After roasting, the coffee roaster automatically switches into the cooling cycle, allowing the beans to cool. You may need a bit of practice to use this machine, but ultimately you will be surprised by the results, enjoying your freshly roasted coffee with a pure taste and aroma!

VIDEO
Roasting Coffee Beans with the Fresh Roast SR500
FreshRoast SR500
FreshRoast SR500
 

Nesco CR-1010-PR

Heat Source

This electric Nesco Coffee Bean Roaster requires no additional coffee roasting equipment. The coffee roaster uses a bowl heated with hot air while a rotating auger continually stirs the coffee beans. Furthermore, a comfortable plastic handle makes it convenient to use the roaster and easy to pour the ready-to-drink coffee. Besides, marks on the bowl indicate how many beans to add for achieving the desired degree of roasting.

Performance

Nesco coffee bean roaster has a roasting capacity of 1/3 pounds, which is a good indicator for this type of roasters. In other words, it amounts to about 36 cups of coffee, depending on the strength you prefer. The roast time is less than 20 minutes - it usually takes 15 minutes to complete the roasting cycle and 5 minutes to cool off. Remember that making smaller amounts of coffee speeds up the roasting process.

Usability

This coffee roaster machine has a patented Catalytic Technology that significantly reduces emitted smoke and odor, hence making home coffee roasting as comfortable as possible. Moreover, a digital control function greatly facilitates the roasting process, allowing you to set the required time and achieve the desired degree of roast. Besides, a built-in removable chaff tray makes cleaning effortless. An added advantage is a cooling cycle, which helps speed up the cooling process.

VIDEO
Coffee Bean Roaster Demo Nesco Model 1010
Nesco CR-1010-PR
Nesco CR-1010-PR
 

KALDI Home Drum Coffee Roaster, Motorize Type

Heat Source

KALDI home coffee roaster uses a gas burner to roast the coffee beans. The model features an automatic electric drum, which requires no manual rotation, but it is technically possible when the roaster is connected to the mains. The perforated rotating drum is 2 mm thick that makes it extremely reliable, durable, and highly efficient. Besides, the roasting drum stirs the beans constantly, which is a key to even roasting.

Performance

This small home coffee roaster is capable of roasting up to 1/2 pounds of raw green beans effectively, which is a really good indicator for home coffee roasters. The roast time is approximately 10-15 minutes, depending on the profile of roast you prefer, which is enough for even and efficient roasting. Normally, the roasted coffee weighs less than green coffee as coffee beans lose weight because of moisture loss during the roasting process.

Usability

KALDI coffee roaster boasts a great variety of handy features. The coffee roaster comes with a wide hopper for loading green coffee beans and a convenient probe rod to sample the beans without interrupting the roasting process. Besides, the coffee roaster machine comes with a removable chaff tray, which helps keep your work area tidy while a thermometer shows the drum exact internal temperature, allowing you to effectively control the roasting process. This roaster uses an innovative Air Roasting Technology that guarantees even heat distribution inside the roasting drum. The model is made of stainless steel that requires some time to cool down after the roast cycle terminates. This semi-commercial home coffee roaster makes the highest quality roasted coffee without taking much effort!

VIDEO
My Kaldi WIDE Coffee Roaster!
KALDI Home Drum Coffee Roaster, Motorize Type
KALDI Home Drum Coffee Roaster, Motorize Type
 

Nuvo Eco Ceramic

Heat Source

This fully manual coffee roaster is made of eco-friendly ceramics, which is characterized by its high heat resistance and thermal conductivity. To start roasting, you need to load a serving of beans and put it on fire constantly stirring. The coffee roaster has a unique waffle-shaped internal structure designed to evenly distribute the temperature inside. This ensures fast, efficient, and enjoyable roasting process.

Performance

Nuvo Eco coffee bean roaster has a roasting capacity of about 1/7 pounds that is equivalent to approximately up to 8-10 cups of coffee. Normally, the roast time depends on the fire intensity and the amount of roasted coffee you need. If you prefer making coffee from light roasted coffee beans, they require minimal roast time to be ready and vice versa, dark roasted coffee beans need more roast time to make your favorite beverage.

Usability

This ceramic coffee roaster is extremely easy-to-use. The model comes with a convenient small cowhide leather grip on the handle that helps protect you from burns as well as add convenience, attractiveness and comfort. Certainly, it would be better to use gloves to reduce the risk of burns. Also, it's not recommended to get the roaster too close to the fire. You will be amazed to know how easy it is to roast some fresh, fragrant coffee at home with this affordable coffee roaster!

Nuvo Eco Ceramic
Nuvo Eco Ceramic