…I started home roasting coffee in June 1998. Since then I’ve used a number of different roasters and methods. I’ll be the first to confess that I haven’t kept up on all the different machines available to home coffee roasters. What I have learned are the most important factors to consider when buying your first home coffee roaster.
#1 Indoor, Outdoor or Somewhere In Between?
The most important factor in deciding on a roaster is answering the questions: Where do you plan on roasting?
Some coffee roasters work indoors. Many or most would be better set up in a garage, a patio, or a porch. The reason is roasting coffee produces smoke. More smoke that you get when cooking food. Coffee also releases a thin paper like chaff during the roast that can add to the cleanup.
The darker you roast your coffee or the more volume you roast, the more I would encourage you to not to roast indoors. An exception would be kitchens with extremely good vents. Most dedicated home roasters will have some filter to catch the chaff. They also clean the smoke to differing degrees. Popcorn poppers won’t….
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