Roasting Routine vs. Roasting Profile

Learning to roast coffee had a long learning curve for me. I started out like an investigative reporter when I talked to the people who, when I could find them, roasted the coffee I was drinking. The discussion was a diatribe of roasting profiles and how much a good roaster cost. Never was I let […]

West Bend Popper 2 Rewire for Coffee Roasting

I was inspired to buy the West Bend Poppery 1 when I saw willbldrco’s video on YouTube entitled West Bend Poppery rewire for coffee roasting. What a masterful modification to simply solve the coffee roasting routine by changing one wire to another terminal. By changing the fan wire to the hot terminal, so it would bypass […]

Hacking the Orville Redenbacher Hot Air Popper to Roast Coffee

Looking for information on coffee roasting machines, I felt exhausted trying to find the “perfect” popper on eBay which was out of my price range or in the local thrift stores, which had not seen a West Bend popper in years. WB Poppery and Poppery II are by everyone’s estimation two great modifiable machines that […]

Stovetop Roasting with the Whirley-Pop

Other home roasting articles on INeedCoffee focus on roasting with electrical roasters, such as the West Bend Poppery or the iRoast 2. You can easily start roasting at home with one of these roasters. But there are other, older methods of home roasting. This article explores using a stovetop popcorn popper, which enables you to […]

Roast Your Own Coffee

Roasting your own coffee is not only personally satisfying, it is relatively easy. You don’t really need the expense of a Probat or Diedrich roaster to begin this craft. Using nothing more than a hot air popcorn popper, you can achieve a very high level of freshness as well as being able to control your […]

Behmor 1600 Coffee Roaster Tutorial

In my last article, I did a first impression on the Behmor 1600, formerly known as the Joe Roaster, the brainchild of Joe Behm. After spending a few more weeks with it, I have been able to learn more about it, and hope to help you get the most from your Behmor 1600 Coffee Roaster. […]

Meeting Up With The Green Coffee Buying Club

While researching the economics of home coffee roasting, I wanted to learn more about a green coffee buying cooperative. Green bean coffee cooperatives are groups that pool their money together to buy sizes of unroasted coffee that are usually only available to commercial roasters. Fortunately, I knew that INeedCoffee contributor Chris Arnold was active with […]