We wanted to feature the Gene Cafe Roaster this year because the CoffeeGeek Lab unit we have is still going strong after five years, giving us a nice profile-tuning roast of up to 10oz of green coffee. The problem was, most units available are over $500.
But we found this limited edition Red model with all the latest upgrades (including the improved exhaust / chaff chamber) for just a buck under $500, and that means it can make our list!
The usual batch is half a pound (8oz) and the roasting chamber features a unique multi-oscilating pattern that really goes the extra yard to doing an even roast. The roaster is very ambient-temperature susceptible, so use it in a warm area for best results (NB this smokes like crazy!). A great roaster with profile controls and at under $500, a good buy!
Column Description Whether it's up to the minute, happening this day, this week, or in the recent past, this column's goal is to present coffee and attempts to make the experience truly culinary. You'll find short reviews about past events, interesting coffees coming on the market, new and different ways to enjoy espresso and other brewing methods, and give an insight into efforts around the globe to make coffee a truly culinary thing. Column written by Mark Prince.