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If you are BUYING A COFFEE ROASTER? Watch this FIRST – Coffee Roasting (Episode 2)



Deciding on which coffee roaster to buy in the beginning is one of those daunting tasks that you pour over for hours. Roasters are not cheap by any means especially if you want a quality machine. I have roasted on and seen quite a few home roasters and, although unique in their own way, the old saying still holds true. “You will get what you pay for.”

I truly hope this video helps and I will be diving deeper into different avenues of roasting and roasters as we go down this journey. This topic is one of my most asked questions so I figured it was a good time to finally address it.

ROB’S PATREON for Roaster/Farmer Podcast Launch: https://www.patreon.com/robpirie

WHAT TO WATCH NEXT:
• How To Become A Coffee Roaster: https://youtu.be/zH00wZW0Ess
• How Does Coffee Roasting Work: https://youtu.be/FR1FP-Gx5eo
• What’s the Best Coffee Roaster?:
Steve With Mill City Coffee Roasters – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6eu8dn_WFs&t=90s
• Kaldi Roaster Tutorial: https://youtu.be/x4DhNgRiRz4
• Hive Roaster Tutorial: https://youtu.be/rEh81tqchvY
• Keith Poole’s Channel with Fresh Roast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQRPHmv9bN5rv0KRx8UFuLA

HOME ROASTERS:
Hand Roasters –
• Nuvo Eco Ceramic Roaster: https://amzn.to/3zi8msL
• Hive Roaster: https://hiveroaster.com/

Air Roasters-
• Fresh RoastSR540: https://amzn.to/3gv6KmT
• Fresh Roast SR800: https://amzn.to/3gcJVoR

Drum Roasters-
• Kaldi Roaster: https://amzn.to/3pLlq5G
• Behmor: https://amzn.to/3zuJu14
• Hottop: https://prima-coffee.com/equipment/hottop/kn-8828b-2k?utm_source=google&utm_medium=surfaces&utm_campaign=shopping%20feed&utm_content=free%20google%20shopping%20clicks&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIl7CqmeKP8QIVn2pvBB14_geiEAQYAyABEgKLe_D_BwE&aff=31&_utm_medium=affiliate

Sample Roaster-
• IKAWA: https://www.ikawacoffee.com/
• Huky 500: https://showroomcoffee.com/product/huky-500t/

RESOURCES (Books):
• Coffee Roasting Best Practices: https://amzn.to/38uRJih (Deep in the weeds)
• The Coffee Roasters Companion: https://amzn.to/3blAFg7 (Great basic overview)
• The World Atlas of Coffee: https://amzn.to/3s4tiQg (Overall view of the coffee stages)
• The Coffee Roasters Handbook: https://amzn.to/3hUf9QV

Coffee Roasters Forum (Facebook): https://www.facebook.com/groups/310045952380300
Scott Rao Blog: https://www.scottrao.com/blog

FAVORITE COFFEE BREWERS/DEVICES:
• Chemex: https://prima-coffee.com/equipment/chemex/10-cup-chemex?aff=31
• French Press: https://amzn.to/3j58pPL
• Aero Press: https://prima-coffee.com/equipment/aeropress/aeropress?aff=31
• Hario V60: https://prima-coffee.com/equipment/hario/v60-02?aff=31
• Grinder: Timemore Chestnut Slim: https://amzn.to/311PuOw
• Scale: Timemore Scale: https://amzn.to/3dzdsa6
• Moka Pot (6 Cup): https://amzn.to/2OYVFRm

CAMERA GEAR USED:
• My camera – Nikon Z6: https://amzn.to/329bYgV
• Samsung T5 SSD: https://amzn.to/32eq9kT
• Rode VideoMic Pro+: https://amzn.to/2EqYcOg
• Tripod (Joby): https://amzn.to/2ElVEB8
• GoPro Hero 7: https://amzn.to/3gisi3X
• Music in Videos – Musicbed: https://www.musicbed.com/invite/f9DvU

LET’S HANG OUT and DRINK COFFEE!
• ROB’S PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/robpirie
• Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rob.pirie/?hl=en
• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CedarOtaCoffee/
• Twitter: https://twitter.com/CoCedar
• LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/robert-pirie-09aab658/
• Website: http://cedarotacoffee.com/

Current Subscriber Count as of video: “6,022” – Come on 10K!!! Stoked!

DISCLAIMER: The links included in this description may be affiliate links. If you purchase a product with the links that I provide, I may receive a small commission. There is no additional charge to you! Thank you for supporting my channel and “Cedar Ota Coffee”. I am beyond grateful for your support.

-Cedar Ota Coffee – Denham Springs, Louisiana-
-We are just running, roasting coffee, and creating things-

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  1. Hi Rob, thank you for this video. Will watch a bit more of your videos on roasters & start asking you questions.

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  2. Phenomenal information and so knowledgeable and kind!

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  3. Cajun Coffee Dude – My SR800 with Extension was a great 1st investment.

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  4. i live in asia and just last month i had an idea to use Japanese Tea Roaster.
    and wow…. it does work really good for me,

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  5. If budget was ent an issue what roaster would you purchase aillio bullet or ikawa pro?

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  6. Check out Cormorant (hand made roaster from a German guy named Johan who makes them in England) 3-6 month waiting list but it’s worth it! 600-700grams propane machine. Roughly 2500 bucks

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  7. I am a blind person who is interested in roasting just enough copy for myself. The concern that I have however is that I need something that would be safe to use and also something where the chap doesn’t go everywhere.

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  8. For those who don't have the extra cash for a new roaster, you may have an air fryer at home already. I have been roasting some really great coffee for several months now using an air fryer.
    I couldn't find any good info online about how to do it, so I experimented until I figured it out. I'm still learning while drinking super fresh, tasty, low cost coffee along the way!

    I've found that roasting small batches works best. No need for stopping, shaking or removing the fryer basket during roasting. The coffee beans(seeds) need space around them for hot air to flow through properly and get consistency throughout the whole roast.

    I've found that keeping the roast size to 40 grams or less works best with my fryer size.
    I also needed to add a round stainless steel flour sifter inside the basket for the coffee to rest in while roasting. You can use another one or a stainless rice colander for cooling the coffee after roasting.

    I have to start at a lower temp and steadily increase the temp throughout the roast. Otherwise, it will roast WAY too fast. I've gotten to first Crack at 1 minute 35 seconds if I start with the ending temp.

    The air fryer is very controllable. You can add in a wired thermometer for more accurate temp control and monitoring.

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  9. I have been using West Bend 1500W Poppery for a number of years, no mods just using my common sense of stirring the beans, especially in the beginning, starting and stopping the popper. The taste of my roast have been fantastic and the main two problems I have had was consistency of the roasts and the usually high hardness of the beans. The latter translated into pretty hard job of grinding the beans while using my Comando hand grinder.

    Well, after a long research and considering Huky 500T, Allio Bullet, Kaldi Fortis and Cormorant CR600, I have dropped the Bullet first (due to its high price and not huge need to roast 1kg of coffee at a time), then Huky and Kaldi (the first one because of the big footprint and price-wise, with all the add-ons, not very competitive; the second based on the high price; both of them have to be imported to the UK, so there are high courier costs plus import fees). And so I have selected the Cormorant CR600 roaster, a beautiful drum roaster with 600g load capacity! The nicety of it is also strengthened by the fact they are produced in the South West of the UK and price-wise they are very competitive. The drawback is only one, in a nutshell… the waiting time has recently been a few months. Now, I do hope to get mine within a month and a half!

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  10. I love that I come back from Colombia and farmers there gave me homework to look up sample roasters for them, and top search results pointed me to this youtube video! Thanks, and let's catch up soon bro.

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  11. I started with the heat gun/bread machine a few months ago and have been pretty happy with it. I feel like I'm getting decent but not excellent roasts. The temperature inconsistency with the heat gun is hard to account for. I installed a thermocouple to keep track of temps, but I'm too "busy" during the roast to take notes to create a profile. It's mostly just been a sanity check like "okay, there's literally no way I actually just heard first crack because my bean mass is at 300F."

    I'm kind of at a threshold where I'm deciding if I want to go harder into DIY'ing my setup with a lid/mount for the heat gun to maintain more consistent heating than just holding it in my hand and getting a bridge so that I can hook the thermocouple up to some roast logging software or just buy an actual roaster. The Hive Roaster w/ the Data Dome would probably be my go to there. Hmm…

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  12. How do you feel about a Besca Roaster from Turkey?

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  13. Is your Bideli still intact and how long have you been using? Thanks.

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  14. I funded the Ikawa on Kickstarter 5 years ago and i love it. Full temperature control via an app and you can set 10 points on the curve. Been chugging along fine and been great. Only downside is the small amount it roasts.

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  15. Hey Rob I am a beginner in coffee roasting. My goal is to roast small amount of coffee for personal use for my Breville Barista Espresso machine (it has built in grinder). I was thinking to get a drum roaster, which one do you recommend? Also, Is it possible to roast coffee on charcoal ? I think this will give an authentic smoky taste.

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  16. Watching from India. Loving the content! Thanks for sharing this info – I did my first skillet roast last night.

    Trying to figure out my green bean supply chain and diy roaster options!

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  17. roasting over a fire is to me a bad idea because its too easy to burn the beans. Really a popcorn popper is the best place to start. I have had a Gene Cafe for three years and its fantastic. Its very simple and cost 600 dollars. The Behmor Roaster is a little cheaper and has built in roast profiles. For home use these are great but not for a coffee shop.

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  18. Hi again Rob, another great video.
    A lot of really good information again Rob. Keep doing what you are doing. ☕☕👍

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  19. Always great advice love it short and sweet! Thanks Rob!

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  20. Hi Rob, greeting from the Czech Republic! I don't know what is the situation in US, but in the Europe is this roaster pretty popular – Gene Café Roaster. I buyed one few weeks ago and started learning how to roast. It's pretty great way to start 🙂

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  21. Great video Rob, and thanks for the shout out! Funny you mention the Ikawa, about a week ago I got the home model, it's pricey but so far I'm impressed. But like you say, just jump in with something easy, popcorn popper, cast iron pan, convection oven works too.

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  22. very nice video
    thank you for your efforts

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  23. Great insight! looking forward on the next one BIDELI 🙂

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  24. Very good information. Thanks for sharing !!!

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  25. Wooooo too many sexy on the new studio space dude!
    Highly recommend the @aillio Bullet R1 V2 1Kg Roaster 👍🏼👍🏼

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  26. Great video, Rob! I'm on team Behmor. I've been roasting with the 1600+ for five years. I usually roast 2 lbs per week. You weren't kidding about the money I've saved by roasting my own! I love it!

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