Quick Reference Checklist
Whether you’re looking to launch your own coffee business or simply want to enjoy the most delicious and flavorful cup of coffee at home, learning how to roast your own coffee is a must. Feeling intimidated? DIY coffee roasting is a lot easier than you might think—but you’ll need to start with the right equipment.
In addition to the roasting drum itself, you’ll need all the components that hold and rotate the drum for even roasting.
This includes a rotisserie rod, motor, plates, and the like. RK Drums makes choosing the right accessories easier by offering three different “levels” of equipment, including:
Grill or Heat Source
(Or Cooling Method)
Once your coffee is roasted to your desired level, you’ll need a method for cooling it down. Otherwise, it will continue to roast and you may end up with a different flavor than you intended. There are plenty of cooling options to consider, ranging from the use of a simple box fan to more advanced equipment, such as:
If you’re really into DIY projects, you can also consider building your own wooden cooler. However, our coolers are effective, easy to use, and will save you a lot of time.
A few other must-haves include:
Last but certainly not least, you’ll also need your green coffee beans (raw coffee beans that have not been roasted). RK Drums is happy to offer our own green coffee that’s ideal for hobby roasters and beginning microroasters; these bags are pre-measured and packaged to match our specific roast profiles, which can save you the time and hassle of measuring.
For larger quantities, it may make more sense to purchase green coffee in 100-pound (or more) bags. Check out a list of wholesale green coffee suppliers on our website for more information.
Now that you have a better idea of the equipment you need to start roasting coffee, there may be a few items you’ll want to purchase before you get started. With a quality roasting drum, a reliable heat source, the right cooling method, you’ll be well on your way to DIY-roasted coffee in no time!