Don't believe me? Go check Google.
Anyway, combine the West Bend Poppery II, Sweet Maria's wholesale green coffee beans supplier and about an hour of free time and you've got yourself about a half-pound of the freshest coffee you can imagine.
After doing this for a couple of weeks I realized I needed to upgrade my coffee rooster. The Poppery II only allowed me to roast 1/4 cup of coffee at a time and that just isn't enough. I needed some real power with out the $400+ price tag for a fancy home roaster.
This is another reason why the Internet is great: SC/TO
That's right - I'm talking about the Stir Crazy / Turbo Oven home modded coffee roasting machine for around $90. Never heard of it? Neither had I until I looked to the coffee roasting forums of CG and Sweet Marias. The amazing combined coffee knowledge at these places will really make someone who thought they knew some things about coffee really feel inadequate. Yet I loved every minute of it.
Right - back to the SC/TO. West Bend does it again with their Stir Crazy Popcorn Popper. While it's quite proficient at popping corn, it's incredibly inadequate at roasting coffee - the temperature in the Stir Crazy only reaches around 320 degrees Fahrenheit. For coffee even to think about roasting, you need temperatures starting at 400 degrees up to 500 degrees F. Now careful, if you actually get the internal bean temp to 500 degrees you'll have charcoal. Anyway - back to my point that the Stir Crazy just doesn't cut it: What it DOES have is little spinning arms that have excellent stirring action for agitating the coffee beans.
This is where the Turbo Oven is important. What, you ask, is a Turbo Oven? It's a lid fashioned with a convection slapped on top. Its' temperature range goes just over 500F - perfect.
Some fairly small modifications and the Stir Crazy / Turbo oven is born. Now I can roast 1/2 lb to a full 1lb of coffee at a time, in a half-hour.
Here are some pictures I took while putting it all together:
Creation of the SC/TO
Roasting Sumatra Class Mandlehing in the SC/TO
What's great about this type of setup is that the coffee beans cost aprox. half as much as if you bought them at the store, but YOU get to determine the level of roast you like for a particular coffee. And you get the freshest coffee around.