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Sep 24, 2007 10:26 AM

Air Poppers/Coffee Roasters

Which brands of air popper are suitable for roasting greenbeans at home? Is the Orville Redenbacher okay?

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    1. has a lot of information about all types of roasting. It is a good primer for someone getting started. Here is a picture of the inside of a popcorn popper that is good for roasting coffee beans.

      They recommend that you avoid the ones with the screens in the bottom of the popping chamber as the trapped chaff could catch fire. I know people who have used these poppers without a problem. A Fresh Roast coffee roaster is basically a modified popper. Again SM has a wealth of information. Coffeegeek is a good place for discussion

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      1. re: scubadoo97

        All the air poppers mentioned at sweetmarias are no longer sold ... presto makes the redenbacker that looks similar ... but I don't know if it is side or bottom vented, which apparently makes a big difference

        1. re: SGFoxe

          Many of these old poppers can be found at thrift stores for a couple of $. There are many Ebay sellers who are reaping the benefits of selling these knowing that they are being used for coffee and getting top dollar. Any popper with the vented bottom will work. Poppers are not consistant from one to the other. They are adequate for roasting coffee but there are better ways. I know a lot of people that will not deviate from their trusted poppers and have been roasting for years.