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Organic Home Coffee Roasting

EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES

Gene Cafe Rotating Drum Roaster
**Purchase includes 9 pounds Fair Trade Organic Green Coffee!**

Gene Cafe home coffee roasting machine

The Gene Cafe is our favorite new roaster because it offers a large capacity, intuitive, easy to use controls, and the quiet operation allows you to converse or enjoy music while roasting. With complete control over both time and temperature that will please the most advanced home coffee roasting hobbiests, the controls and instructions are so easy that beginners can produce professional results the very first day. The clear roast chamber makes it very easy to view the roasting process, a must have feature that eliminates burnt or under roasted coffee.

The Gene Cafe can hold up to 10 oz. of unroasted green coffee which will yield up to an 8 oz. batch of fully roasted coffee. The thoughtfully integrated safety features (that are lacking in most home roasters) include auto shutoff, overheat sensors, and a clear safety cover to prevent burnt fingers.

The Gene Cafe delivers what you would expect of a higher priced coffee roaster: excellent roast quality, a durable machine built to last, a good warranty with US based support, and easy to use controls. The $500 price tag can actually pay for itself within 1 year if you normally go through a pound or more of roasted coffee per week. Perfect for a large household of thirsty coffee drinkers!

Key features of the Gene Cafe roaster:

*Clear Pyrex off-axis roasting chamber allows easy monitoring of the roasting process and ensures even roasting.®

*Produces up to a half-pound of roasted beans ranging from light American style to Espresso roast.

*Convection roasting eliminates hot spots that can cause an unevenly roasted batch.

*High-efficiency chaff removal with generously proportioned, easy-empty collection chamber.

*Dynamic temperature-monitoring sensors ensure that the ideal temperature is maintained, regardless of voltage fluctuations.

*Analog dials control time, temperature and system status and permit on-the fly adjustments. Audible tones signal cycle changes.

*LED displays monitor time, current temperature status and alternately displays selected temperature data.

*On-board diagnostics provide system status information.

*Full 1 year manufacturers warranty. 30 day complete replacement warranty followed by a 1 year standard warranty which covers all replacement or repair costs except delivery to the repair center.

Technical Details:

*Analog rotary dials and digital displays for time and temperature. Audible cycle change signals.

*Power Requirements 110v-120V AC, 1,400 Watt

*Dimensions 15.1" x 10" x 9" (383 x 243 x 229 mm)

*Temperature Range 0-480 oF (0-250 oC)

*On-board electronics with diagnostic digital error code displays

A close-up view of the Gene Cafe control panel:

A close-up view of the Gene Cafe control panel:

The Gene Cafe pyrex roasting chamber, a close-up:

The Gene Cafe pyrex roasting chamber, a close-up:

#COFF3: Gene Cafe Roaster with 9 lbs. organic Fair trade Green Coffee (Choose from our wide selection or get the 9 lb. sampler):

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Hearthware i-Roast Coffee Bean Roaster

 

Hearthware i-Roast 2 Coffee Roaster

The i-Roast 2, the brand new and updated model is here! After nearly 2 years on the market, the i-Roast has proven to be a great roaster for those home roasting folks who want more control over the roasting temperatures but prefer to use a machine. Hearthware has responded well to customer concerns about the first model and has made many design improvements. The most significant improvement is a memory function which allows the user to store up to 10 roast profiles. Also, 5 pre-programmed roast profiles are included and custom roast profiles can include up to 5 stages. Other improvements have been made to the roasting pot and chaff collector assembly so the components fit together better and overall performance is improved.

The main features of the i-Roast 2:

*Large batch size of 5- 5.5 oz or one level cup. Smaller batches are also possible but in our experience the best results were obtained with the 1 cup batch size.

*Fast roast time of 15 minutes or less. Most roasts are done in about 10 minutes. To achieve this the i-Roast has a commercial strength fan and motor, which is very loud. Think of a loud hair dryer. If noise is an issue this is not the machine for you!

*Programmable roast curves, including temperature and time, for up to 5 stages. The programming feature was a bit tricky to learn (sort of like programming a VCR), but easy enough after doing it a few times. Note that we also like the easy way to use this machine: choose a factory pre-set 1 through 5 and stop the roast by hitting the cool button when the beans are the color you desire. Basically, this machine can satisfy those who want more control over roast settings without having to rewire or modify an appliance, but it is also a great machine for those who would prefer to push a few buttons and get a great batch of home roasted coffee in 10 to 15 minutes.

*Built in thermometer allows you to monitor the roaster temperature during the entire roast cycle at the push of a button.

*A patented voltage control circuit and alternating fan and motor velocity during the roast cycle contribute to consistent results and even bean color from batch to batch. We typically roast a blend of 5 different coffees to serve in our retail store, and the results have been consistent. We roast to a full city or light French roast, and each batch has been evenly roasted with a lovely oil sheen on the surface and heavenly aroma after a decent rest period.

*A 1 year warranty on the base unit. Included vent hood allows you to attach a dryer vent to the chaff collector to allow indoor to outdoor ventilation without smoke leaking indoors.

1500 watt, 120v/60 Hz. The roaster operates on standard household current, and comes with a 1 year manufacturers warranty. Includes 1 lb. organic Fair Trade green coffee.

Programming Tips for the i-Roast

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Zach & Dani's Coffee Bean Roaster

 

The Nesco Smokeless Roaster

Formerly sold as the Zach & Danis roaster, this is the same great machine with a new name. This is the perfect home roaster for beginners and those who want a machine that will consistently roast good coffee with very little monitoring once the roast time has been established for your favorite beans. The addition of a catalytic converter removes most of the roasting smoke, making this the best roaster for those who do not have a good ventilation system at home. Other features we like include a large roast chamber to roast up to 5.5 oz. of coffee per session, very even roast, even for blended coffee, and dishwasher safe removable parts. This roaster also comes with an instructional video and comprehensive instruction booklet.

The Nesco Roaster is relatively quiet and has a 15- 30 minute roast cycle. If you like very dark roasts (espresso), it will take the full 30 minutes of roasting time and the batch size should be smaller (4.5 oz.). Because it has the longest roast cycle of all the roasting machines we sell, coffee roasted with the Nesco roaster will have the rich, deep notes of a good coffee but may lose some brightness and acidity that can be achieved with a faster roast. If you are a home roasting guru, one idea is to also own the Freshroast roaster, roast coffee in both, and blend the two batches together.

This roaster has a durable plastic housing, Aluminum base, tempered glass roasting chamber, and a zinc auger, and is built to last. The one component we feel could be improved is the chaff collector. After each batch, there is often a large amount of chaff left behind. This is simply a nuisance, as it does not affect the coffee quality in any way, and can easily be removed. The roaster operates on standard household 110 volt current, and comes with a 6 month manufacturers warranty. Includes 1 lb. organic Fair Trade green coffee.

Find organic and Fair Trade green coffee beans here:

 

Freshroast Plus 8 Home Coffee Roasting Machine

 

Roasting Tips for the Freshroast

The Freshroast Plus 8 Home Coffee Roaster

***THIS ROASTER HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED BY THE MANUFACTURER. WE EXPECT A NEW MODEL IN DECEMBER 2009***

This newly improved coffee roaster from Freshbeans, Inc. features a larger chamber for a 3.5 oz. roast batch and a fast, quieter roast cycle. Ideal for a household of 1 to 2 coffee drinkers, it takes just 3- 5 minutes to roast the coffee beans with a 2 minute cool-down cycle. The Freshroast Plus has a mechanical timer and the chaff collector is simple yet effective. Because the roast chamber is smaller than other home coffee roasting machines, and the fan and motor are smaller, it is more energy efficient and quieter.

We really do like this roaster as a simple, more basic machine that has been, for us, most reliable. We have a roaster at the shop that we have used several times a week for nearly 2 years. This is the roaster that will outlast all the fancy, computer chip controlled machines out there. If you are a serious home coffee roaster, it is worth having one of these just in case your other roaster fails, and because brightness of the coffee it produces.

Because of the mechanical timer and the fast roast time, this unit requires a little more attention to achieve the perfect roast. As the roast chamber is glass, this is a simple matter of monitoring the bean color, and aroma and manually turning the machine to cool when the beans are perfect. Typically, in a Freshroast the beans roast a little darker on the outside and the coffees bright notes and aroma are accentuated, while deeper tones can sometimes be muted because of the fast roast time. The roast time will vary between coffee types, but exact results can be duplicated by recording the roast time for each type of coffee you roast. For a more detailed description of the roasting process with the Freshroast, scroll down to the bottom of this web page. Includes 1 lb. organic Fair Trade green coffee.

Replacement Jar For Freshroast

This is the standard jar that fits all Freshroast models, in case an accident occurs or you just want to have a back-up handy. Glass with high temperature cast metal base with stainless steel screen bottom.

Roasting your own coffee with the Fresh Roast Coffee Roaster is about a 10 minute process:

Fill the roasting jar with 1/2 cup of green coffee beans.

Set the roast selector knob to the desired setting. Place the unit near a ventilation hood or fan, our out of doors (the roasting process will produce some smoke).

Press the roast button. The unit will roast the beans before your eyes. Once the beans are roasted, the cooling cycle begins automatically and the unit will turn itself off when the process is complete. If you choose to stop the roasting early, you can override the heat cycle and begin the cooling process immediately by turning the knob to the cool setting. If you want a darker roast, reset the knob back to the beginning before the cool cycle begins.

Once the cooling cycle is complete, you may remove the fresh roasted coffee from the unit and brew your coffee within 24 hours for the optimum freshness and flavor. It is good to let the coffee sit for 4- 12 hours after roasting to allow the beans to de-gas for coffee perfection.

 

Whirley-Pop Popper For Stovetop Roasting

Like hands-on projects? Get started roasting your own coffee for a very small investment. If you have a gas or high quality electric stove with a vent hood you can roast your own coffee with the Whirley-pop popcorn popper, a heat diffuser (or cast-iron pan to help diffuse the heat), and some basic knowledge. For a summary of how to roast with a whirley-pop, visit our how-to page here. We also highly recommend that you purchase (or borrow) the book Home Coffee Roasting, which we also sell (below). Includes our basic roasting guide and one pound of organic green coffee beans (your choice from our current selection except for decaf).#COFF7

Open Fireplace Popper For Campfire or BBQ Roasting

Like hands-on projects? Get started roasting your own coffee for a very small investment. The new Whirly-pop open fire popper is an easy way to roast coffee over a barbeque or open fire. Roasting over a fire or barbeque takes a little extra patience, but the process is fun an the rewards are fresh roasted beans for a very small investment. This popper has a collapsing telescoping handle and a hanging loop for easy storage.
For a summary of how to roast with a whirley-pop, visit our how-to page (link below). We also highly recommend that you purchase (or borrow) the book Home Coffee Roasting, which we also sell. Includes our basic roasting guide and one pound of organic green coffee beans (your choice from our current selection except for decaf).
#COFF8

Stainless Steel Roasting Thermometer 0- 550 oF

If you roast coffee on a stove top, grill, or with a modified popcorn popper, getting an accurate temperature reading is essential to achieving consistent results. This thermometer has everything a home roaster needs all at a very affordable price: a large 2” dial with a glass lens that will not melt at high temperatures, a 12 inch stainless steel temperature probe, and a large stainless steel pan clip that will hold the probe exactly where you need it. Includes a calibration nut so thermometer can be recalibrated with a small wrench (adjust so it reads 212 oF at sea level). #COFF2

Coffee Mills and Coffee Makers

Bodum C-Mill

A lot of engineering has gone into to this mill to produce a quality grind for an affordable price. designed to cut the beans down to size quickly to prevent overheating. This mill can grind about 1.5 oz. of coffee at a time and is available in black or white. #COFF11

Small French Coffee Press

One of the easiest ways to make coffee without losing the rich and complex coffee flavors and delicate oils of fresh roasted coffee. The small press makes 2 cups (about 12 oz.) at a time. It has a glass carafe and a stainless steel plunger and strainer assembly with a stylish chrome plated lid and frame. #COFFAC1

Large French Coffee Press

One of the easiest ways to make coffee without losing the rich and complex coffee flavors and delicate oils of fresh roasted coffee. The large press makes 6 cups (about 40 oz.) at a time. It has a glass carafe and a stainless steel plunger and strainer assembly with a sturdy black plastic frame. Coffee measuring scoop included. #COFFAC2

Home Coffee Roasting, Romance & Revival

This new edition is packed with up to date information about current home coffee roasting machines. If you want to roast your own coffee at home, this book is an important source of information about the art of home roasting. Home Coffee Roasting details the fascinating history of coffee and roasting methods, including surprising historical facts (until about 100 years ago, most Americans roasted their own coffee at home), and many diagrams of coffee roasting equipment of yesterday and today. Also includes information about coffee varieties, blending, and roasting times. The book covers several methods of home roasting, including stove-top popcorn poppers, baking on sheets in the oven, or using hot air roasting machines or modified hot air popcorn poppers. By Kenneth Davids, 245pp.#BK76

Coffee Bags

We have in stock a nice selection of coffee bags, perfect for giving gifts of your home roasted coffee. If you have a friend who loves coffee, you will see their eyes light up when you give them a special gift of your own home roasted beans, attractively packaged in one of these coffee bags. These bags hold 1/2 lb. of coffee and come in 4 colors- glossy black, glosy white, gold, or red. Also available in plain kraft.

 

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