Roasting options for small batches

Recommendations for buyers and upgraders from the site's members.
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sbenyo

#1: Post by sbenyo »

I am looking for home roasting solutions for small amount of beans (up to 100-150gr). The solution should have the following:

1. Quality even roast
2. Automatic with control on the process, time, temperature for different roasting types (from light to dark).
3. Cooling option
4. Small footprint (not top priority)
5. Minimum smoke

I see there are some kickstart projects emerging that are trying to solve this:

https://www.ikawacoffee.com/
https://www.powerroaster.com/
https://www.kelvinroaster.com/

Is anyone familiar with such solutions and do you have any recommendation on either of these vs. other small footprint options?

Many praise the very simple stove top solution:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LHEKY68?ta ... th=1&psc=1

Is it worth trying?

I will be happy to hear opinions and recommendations.

false1001

#2: Post by false1001 »

I am unfamiliar with the Kelvin roaster, but I would recommend the Fresh Roast SR800 as an affordable entry option or the Ikawa if you can afford it. The Quest M3 is also another option for small batches, but is much more manual. There's also the option of starting off with an old popcorn popper before you invest more money into roasting. I personally wouldn't recommend the stovetop option.

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sbenyo

#3: Post by sbenyo »

Seems like the SR800 is a nice option but unfortunately it's US 120v only. The Quest M3 seems too close to commercial machine so it's not what I am looking for, at least for now. I do need something probably like the SR800 or even SR540. I still wonder how the options I mentioned compare.

myso

#4: Post by myso »

https://kaffelogic.com/index.php/home

This might be an option if you have a way to get it shipped where you live.

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sbenyo

#5: Post by sbenyo »

the Kaffelogic seems like a very interesting and capable product.
It's not cheap ~$1500 usd. Could be a good option if it was not too expensive.

sambuist

#6: Post by sambuist »

another option is the bullet R1. I have one of the new versions and I can say that it is amazing.

https://aillio.com/?page_id=23320

its even more expensive but also can do much larger batch sizes. this might come in handy and your friends and family taste your coffee! :wink:

I also think that roasting 50-85g is a little on the small side as you normally don't want to drink the coffee that you roasted until it has rested for ~3-7 days. so I think you will have to roast almost every day to keep up with your consumption. not to mention the fact that you would might want to keep every roast separately. that a lot of single use containers sitting around. I know my wife would not be happy with that. :D


still, i love the idea/look of the kelvin for personal use and at ~$250 i might just have to buy it to give it a go and see if my wife can handle all the single storage coffee container.

sam

myso

#7: Post by myso »

sbenyo wrote:the Kaffelogic seems like a very interesting and capable product.
It's not cheap ~$1500 usd. Could be a good option if it was not too expensive.
That's actually in AUD. For me to Belgium it would cost around 1100€ including shipping and customs costs from Australia. It would be even cheaper if i could import it from New Zealand, around 750€. But I couldn't find one from New Zealand in the list that ships international.

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sbenyo

#8: Post by sbenyo »

sambuist wrote:another option is the bullet R1. I have one of the new versions and I can say that it is amazing.
This one definitely looks like a high-end solution. It has everything but too much for my needs. I am looking for a simpler option. It's good to know there are options to grow :)

The Kelvin does seems to be an affordable and compact solution but I don't think there is an option to control the temperature and roasting relies only on time for different profiles. That can be a limiting factor but for the price it may still be a nice option.

One of the problems with choosing a roaster is that there are many aspects that can be problematic, like quality (they tend to break), waste collection, smoke/smell distribution and proper cooling.

sambuist

#9: Post by sambuist »

I was looking to the Kelvin a little more it and seem that the folks that have backed it on kickstarter are not that happy that it is about 1.5 yrs late in delivery. if you do go that option then you might want to wait until they actually have some in stock (around Aug 2020 but that might slip as well)