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Reasons You Roast
OK folks:

I am compiling a NEW list of the main reasons people roast their own coffee for our Website.

What better people could I ask them our members!!

Thanks in advance for your additions!!


Edited by ginny on 02/01/2009 2:26 PM
Good question Ginny.

The reasons I roast are:

Fresh coffee
Choice of anything I want to drink
Degree of roast, dark or light
I love to do it, I'm addicted to it
I like getting other people addicted to the best buy giving them freshroast
I like the savings but it's not the main thing!

Thanks so much for your input.


^ Zen-like practice
^ Hands on, home crafted gift for others
^ M-F work is intellectual, abstract, difficult to measure. Hobby is sensing-based with immediate results.
^ Keeps me "in touch"/aware with wider communities that are not as materially blessed
^ Drinking some of the finest coffees in the world

Edited by BoldJava on 01/31/2009 2:40 PM
Dave Borton
Milwaukee, WI
You guys rock!!!:Clap:

thanks so much for your contributions!!

1) Excellent coffee - excellently priced.
2) Hobby that uses ALL the senses, including "common".
3) You guys are cool to talk to.
4) Talking about building a coffee roaster is an easy way to end "one of those" endless blabbity-blab conversations with someone who is only listening to themself talk.

Roaster: CoffeeAir II 2# DIY air roaster
Grinder: Vintage Grindmaster 500
Brewers: Vintage Cory DCU DCL, Aeropress, Press, Osaka Titanium pourover
* You're drinking the best cup of coffee in town every morning. In your sweats.
* You're involved in taking it from smelling like a shrub, to unabashed love.
* You're satisfied in knowing that you know the difference between charred and a golden brown.
Koffee Kosmo
Hi fellow home roasters

The reasons I roast are:

It is a skill that was passed on to me by my grandmother over 45 years ago (pan roast style)

1) Fresh is Best
2) "Choice"
Choose your favourite bean origin or try new ones as you please
3) Keeps my engineers mind active designing new ways to roast
4) Talking to like minded people, because the conversation is one of the best things created by the roasters end product
5) I just like home roasting its in the blood

I home roast and I like it. Designer of the KKTO
Roaster Build information
Blog -

Bezzera Strega, Mazzer Robur Grinder, Pullman Tamper Convex,
(KKTO) Turbo Oven Home Roaster.
1:You ever test "local diner' coffee??
2: Chad would have no one to talk to.


seedlings wrote:
4) Talking about building a coffee roaster is an easy way to end "one of those" endless blabbity-blab conversations with someone who is only listening to themself talk.


Thanks for that one Chad, I might use it at a Super Bowl party we are going to tomorrow. (heh heh)
"Torreo, ergo sum." I roast, therefore I am. Typicacrates, c. 112AD
Dave Borton
Milwaukee, WI
1) It's better than any other coffee in town. That's not cocky, I just happen t live in a town with crappy coffee shops.
2) Roasting and brewing are both a calming ritual, almost as enjoyable as drinking.
3) Frugality, It's as cheap as the nastiest grocery store coffee.
In addition to everything that everyone has already said. I personally like the "story" or "connection" with the farmer(s) of the coffee I am drinking. I like thinking about the whole process (planting, processing, roasting and drinking) and what it took to get the fabulous end product to me.
Can not stand any more dark bitter coffee from commercial roasters that think it has to be dark, bitter and oily. Either had to give up coffee or start to roast my own. Never looked back. Onward and Upward.

I clearly understand what you mean about their over-roasted beans.
Thanks for participating in this thread. There is no question that small batch, fresh roasted is far superior to anything else.


thanks again Dusty, you go!! :Clap::Clap:
Edited by ginny on 02/01/2009 2:27 PM
1. I love coffee--it's the best way to get the best coffee, and it just keeps getting better.
2. The experience--what Dave and others call the Zen of roasting.
3. Leaning--about roasting, building roasters, coffee, growing, processing, the people behind it. An endless opportunity to keep my brain young.
4. People--I have gotten to meet some incredible people over the last year, and it keeps getting better.
5. Service--roasting and brewing coffee for others (and finding beans for others) is one of the ways I help out my friends, family, and community.
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