Whether you’re looking to upgrade your roasting equipment, you’re a cafe owner who wants to start roasting coffee in-house, or you’re just starting out, you probably want to understand the best bet for your business.
Buying a new coffee roasting machine is a big deal, so we’ll always advise that your business plan purpose drives your purchase decision. With multiple variations, sizes, designs, price points, and functions to choose from, selecting the best coffee roasting machine for your business can feel like a complex maze to navigate!
So, before you can start answering the question about which coffee roasting machine is best for you, you’ll obviously start at an advantage if you already know your business goals and customer base, the types of coffee you want to roast, desired roasting volume, and other factors that impact your business.
We have listed down great coffee roasting machines, which have been leaders in the coffee industry for decades now.
Probatone Gas Roasters – Shop/Commercial Roasters
Drum roasting is the most common roasting method. Here, the coffee is roasted in a drum that rotates around a horizontal axis. The PROBATONE shop roasters use specially developed shovel mechanisms to move the beans inside the drum. A surface burner heats up the roasting air before it is sucked through the back wall of the drum as well as guided around it, thus roasting the beans not only via convective but also conductive heat transfer. With roasting capacities ranging from 17 to 85 kilograms of roast coffee per hour (kg/h), the PROBATONE shop roasters are particularly suitable for small to medium-sized roasting facilities with high-quality demands on the end product.
Bullet Aillio Electric – Personal / Sample Roaster
The Aillio Bullet R1 is a 1KG personal/sample true drum coffee roaster.
Automatic drum pre-heating, adjustable heat and fan speed, and continuous real-time feedback provided by infrared bean and drum temperature sensors combine to allow for precise, consistent roasting. Easily capable of bringing a full one kg of beans to first crack in under 12 minutes, a remarkable feature for a roasting machine that fits neatly on your kitchen counter and plugs into any standard wall socket.
Details of each roast can be digitally recorded and saved as roast profiles that can then be replayed or shared between roasters.
Easy to clean and maintain. Induction heating system with over 95% efficiency.
Kaldi Gas Roaster – Sample Roasters
The Kaldi Roaster looks and operates essentially like the giant roasting machines you’ll find in the back of commercial roasting facilities. It’s just a lot smaller.
The Kaldi Coffee Roaster is a powerful workhorse without bells and whistles. While you won’t find timers and rows of buttons, you’ll have full control over all the variables, such as drum temperature, roasting time and drum speed.
It is precisely this manual spirit that makes the Kaldi roaster such a great tool for learning the nuances of coffee roasting. You can’t just sit on the side-lines. You have to participate. Become an artisan. The Kaldi is really well built, and quite smart-looking. It’s a shiny stainless steel roaster made of heavy gauge materials—very sturdy for a home roaster.
Things to consider when you are purchasing a roaster:
This is an absolute no brainer! You will require a heavy upfront investment on the roaster. Cost of which is mainly determined depending on the features it offers, is it cost effective and on the volume of the batches. Other pricing should be considered like installation, permits, running and maintenance etc.
The roaster should be able to do both, give back to back consistent batches and also allow room to experiment without having to waste beans. Customers should be able to taste the coffee and recognise who it has been roasted by. Consistency is key if you want to survive in this market and the coffee being roasted by you should be your hallmark!
Features and Specifications:
Two of the most essential things in the roaster is being able to control the heat and being able to control the airflow.
You should also consider connectivity and a variable drum speed. Will the roaster be able to further adapt to software like artisan or cropster?
It is of utmost importance to have local support. If you are dealing with a brand which has its operations based abroad you will face issues with delays, shipping delays, unavailability of spare parts. Having local support also helps enhance your learnings, a few tips from the team to improve your roasting game will heavily improve the end output.
So which is the best coffee roaster for you and your business? The first thing is to understand the purpose and to determine which will be able to focus and cater to your business needs.
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