I’ve long been an avid home roaster, with my latest machine being a Hottop from Sweet Maria’s. Problem is, it broke. 🙁 That’s the bad news. The motor just can’t drive the drum anymore, and it makes a clicking sound that suggest a broken gear tooth. The good news is that it was still under […]

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Well, if I ever decide to abandon the rat race and seek out a simpler existence, I have a destination – a gothic-style monastery being built in Wyoming, where the monks have a commercial coffee roasting facility! While their new monastery is not yet built, they are already selling lots of coffee under the brand […]

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While I love the iRoast2 coffee roaster I bought from Sweet Maria’s, it can really only roast around a quarter of a pound at a time, and I often want to roast more. That’s where the Diedrich Home Roaster comes in. Diedrich specializes in commercial-grade coffee roasters, and at first glance, that’s what this “home […]

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Ever wondered why coffee roaster instructions usually/always say to never leave the machine unattended? Check out this story of someone who did just that. I’m not trying to be critical though; I’ve done this myself though not with such drastic results. In my case, the move from sea level to 8500 feet elevation caught be […]

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I recently moved from near sea-level (200 foot elevation, I think), to a more extreme elevation in the mountains of Colorado – approximately 8500 foot elevation. Naturally, when unpacking, finding the coffee roaster was a priority, and I eagerly dropped some green beans in to replenish my supply as I was almost out. With the […]

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I gotta admire the persistence exhibited by the developer of the UglyRoast coffee roaster, a home-grown coffee roasting contraption. The project ended with the purchase of an off the shelf coffee roaster, but the website is still a good read for those of you interested in building your own. You can check it out at […]

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If you’ve been interested in roasting your own coffee but are hesitant to invest in the equipment, you might want to try roasting coffee in a pan over your stovetop. There’s a pretty good set of instructions, with pictures, at this link. I really need to emphasize though that this method will produce a lot […]

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