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Last updated: 20 December 2016

Roasting your own coffee is an art form that takes trial and error but it'll give you two major advantages over plain pre-roasted beans: better coffee, and cheaper coffee. We lab test and review three models to help you find the best coffee roaster for you. Our coffee roaster buying guide will help you decide which coffee roaster you need, and how we test explains our testing rigour.

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You can spend well over $1000 on a coffee roaster, but there are cheaper alternatives. Our expert testers give every coffee roaster a thorough workout to help find the models that:

  • perform the best
  • are easiest to use
  • are the noisiest
  • come with useful roasting features.

We also give you good and bad points for each model, as well as the dimensions, so you'll know how much space they'll take up. Our Recommended rating will help you see quickly which models come out on top.

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This is the manufacturer's recommended retail price. Prices are generally flexible, so shop around both online and in bricks and mortar shops for options.

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The maximum quantity of green beans the machine can roast at the one time, measured in grams.


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How many different programs you can create.

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Unattended safety switch system

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  • Price
  • Roasting capacity (g)
  • Temperature control (°C)
  • Roasting wait time (min:sec)
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  • Programmable settings
  • Preheat cycle
  • Unattended safety switch system
  • Time setting features
  • Manual roasting stop
  • Emergency stop
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  • Dimensions (cm, HxWxD)
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