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May 13, 2011 07:38 AM

Drum BBQ Coffee Roaster

I'm beyond ready to upgrade from roasting coffee with a popcorn popper and am very curious about Drum BBQ Coffee Roasters. If your roasting with one of these, which brand/design are you using and are you using it with a gas bbq grill or something else? Also, how many pounds are you roasting at a time and how long does it take you? Are you manually turning it?

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  1. Check out RK Drum roasters

    They got a lot of attention on coffeegeek a few years back, Also check out coffeegeek for info and reviews

    4 Replies
    1. re: scubadoo97

      Yeah, I've read all that. I'm hoping to connect with other chowhounds experienced in using this style of roaster.

      1. re: scarmoza

        You will have better luck connecting with users from and

        1. re: scubadoo97

          But I'd love to see home roasting established on this board! I know there's at least a good handful of us. I'm a Sweet Maria's fan and am busy coveting a Behmor that I can't afford.

          1. re: Vetter

            I know there are a hand full of us on CH. Not sure how many drum roasters. I use a stircrazy/turbo oven combo. I had considered a drum roaster after outgrowing my popcorn poppers, Fresh Roast Plus and heat gun roasting but settled on the SC/TO since I can roast just under a pound in 13-15 min and do back to back roasts with no interruption or cool down needed.

    2. I have a 2-pounder from and it's great. It's similar (I believe) to the RK Drum (I only ever read good things about the RK). It's stainless steel and very sturdy construction and was very nicely made.

      I use a small gas grill with a generic rotisserie attachment. It's taken some fiddling to figure out timing and heat levels but I'm very happy with my results now. I get to first crack at 10-13 mins and then back off the temp till second crack starts 2 or 3 minutes later.

      The roast is not 100% even, which is normal for the generic slow motor (6rpm). I'll eventually upgrade to a faster one but it's not a big deal. The only other change would be to insulate the grill to use less gas and make it faster to come to temp in the winter.

      I used a heatgun/bread machine before and this is more and better coffee. The air roast is excellent but a bit on the bright side but the drum produces a mellower, deeper cup to my taste.

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      1. re: TickTock

        Is the grill you're using now dedicated to coffee roasting only? Or, do you switch it out for grilling, too?

        1. re: scarmoza

          Mine is coffee use only (have another charcoal grill I use for cooking), but other drum users I've heard of don't have problems doing both coffee and food on the same grill.