Getting started with roasting
Purchase of green coffee
Development of roasting profiles
You want to roast especially for yourself. At times you will roast very intensively, for example if you want to test new coffees and profiles, at times you will rarely roast, just so that you have fresh coffee regularly. Maybe you will make some coffee for friends or family from time to time, but not with the aim of making money.
You want to roast and sell coffee in the future. In the first step, you want to gain experience without investing too much money.
You either have a large number of green coffee samples you want to make or you want to roast and compare small quantities of the same coffee for quality control.
You roast large quantities on a drum roaster and are looking for a small roaster with which you can work on the development of roasting profiles. The profiles must be as adaptable as possible to the production roaster.
For you, the roasters are with capacities between 250 and about 800 grams. Look at the questions and tips below.
For you a drum roaster with Artisan connection like the Hottop KN-8828B-2K+ is suitable. Such a device behaves in the roasting curve very similar to a production roaster and you can already collect experience and Artisan profiles that will help you on the production roaster.
Hot air roasters are suitable for you, which roast the samples in a very short time. You can find more about this here.
Drum roasters are suitable for you with a capacity of 250 grams (usually 100-300 grams of charge possible). Make sure they have a thermocouple that measures bean temperature, ambient temperature, and that they can control heat and ventilation separately (for example, Hottop models). Such roasters are available with electricity as well as with gas. With the power-driven roasters, you make changes to the heat approximately 15-30 seconds earlier than with a gas-powered roaster. More information can be found here.