Why Roast Your Own Coffee at Home?

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     Portland’s Mr. Green Beans has been getting me back into experimenting with roasting my own coffee at home, after a long break.  Here is an excerpt from their Home Coffee Roasting Guide, on why you should roast your own coffee.  Learn more about home roasting on their website by clicking here.

It just plain tastes better
The biggest reason for most people is that fresh roasted coffee just tastes better.  It’s smooth and rich and doesn’t have the acrid acidic bite that many associate with coffee.

It’s the best way to get fresh roasted coffee
Unfortunately, roasted coffee has a very short shelf life and is only fresh for about 7-10 days.  Raw coffee on the other hand is shelf stable and can be easily stored until you are ready to roast it.  This allows you to roast only what you will consume within a reasonable amount of time, allowing you to always have fresh roasted coffee.

     It can save you money
Another reason people choose to roast their own coffe is the price.  For as much as 1/2 the price of store bought coffee and as little as 6 minutes of your time, you can create delicious craft roasted coffee.  One big benefit of roasting at home is control.

Control and personal preference
By roasting your own coffee, you gain control of the process and you can dial it in to your own personal preferences.  Great coffee roasted just the way you like it, and for half the cost! Why not roast your own coffee?


  1. Please tell me Marc about roasters for the home… are they all created equal?

    Comment by Robin — June 29, 2012 @ 7:22 am

  2. Hi Robin, Home roasters are not easy to come by (ie. Cuisinart doesn’t make one – the demand simply isn’t there yet). The main consideration is with ventilation since roasting coffee makes a lot of smoke. I have two roasters at home. The economical one and a great way to start is the FreshRoast. It has the same technology as a popcorn popper, so you could try that as well. The FreshRoast costs approx. $80 but you will want to use it outside or at least in the garage. The other model I have is the Nesco which is closer to $120-140. It has a catalytic converter built in (like a car’s exhaust system) so smoke is not a problem. If you can afford this one, I suggest it. I live in an apartment and do not set off the fire alarm when I use it. I hope this helps.

    Comment by Marc Wortman — July 2, 2012 @ 10:41 pm

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