If you've been trying your hand at roasting your own coffee beans in the oven or on the stovetop and are ready to move on to the next level, a coffee roaster machine may be just what you have in mind.
Currently, there are two main types of coffee bean roasters: Air/Fluid Bed Roasters and Drum Roasters. Let's take a closer look at each:
Air Roasters: Small and compact, air coffee bean roasters are ideal for home use. Similar to popcorn makers, they use hot air to roast beans and have a window so you can monitor the roasting process. Air roasters with pre-set roasting times are ideal for newbies.
Drum Roasters: Once reserved exclusively for coffee shops, drum roasters are now available for home use. These appliances roast beans by either convection or conduction rather than hot air, and are not equipped with a window for monitoring the roasting process. With drum roasters, you must rely on your sense of smell or hearing (to listen for the telltale sounds of coffee beans cracking) to determine the doneness of your roast.
When you roast your own beans at home, you'll be able to enjoy coffee at its freshest. After roasting, coffee beans begin to lose flavor in as little as two weeks, so when you roast your own every couple of days, you won't have to worry about stale coffee. As an added benefit, green coffee beans (unroasted beans) are more economical than their roasted counterparts.
Regardless of which type of coffee bean roaster you choose, be sure to read through owner reviews before making a final decision.