September 20, 2006

The I-Roast 2 Home Coffee Roaster arrives for Review at


We recently received our I-Roast 2 home roaster and I am looking forward to roasting up some coffee to try out in the Jura Capresso E8 Super Automatic Espresso Machine that we have in for review also. (I’ll be writing up a review of the Impressa E8 in the coming days, but will be keeping it on to try out our home roasted coffee.)

A lot of people are fanatics about fresh coffee, and go to great lengths to make sure that their coffee is fresh. When properly stored, green coffee is good for a long time, and with a home roaster, we’re hoping that it’s easy to whip up a few batches of coffee to use in our espresso machine. So while you can get espresso coffee in whole bean or ground at many coffee shops, and stores, you may wonder, where to get green coffee. It’s not hard. We strolled over to Sweet Maria’s and there is lot’s of variety and lot’s of pre-blended options, even some for espresso. (I already have some on the way.) So it’s not an issue. I have also seen some available at some local cafes and Whole Foods stores.

Over the coming weeks, I’ll be learning a bit more about home roasting and I’ll see what I can do in the way of creativeness and excellence in fresh coffee. I know from my experience already that coffee changes for the first few days after roasting, and there is nothing like freshly roasted coffee. Used over the first few days, you can see flavors develop and wonderful flavors change. The I-Roast 2 has built in programs that allow you to start out with training wheels at first. You can then alter how you roast the beans based on your taste and own experiments. Sweet Maria’s has recommendations and extensive reading on how to roast; I’ll be studying up before roasting.

The i-Roast 2 is available at the i-Roast Home page. They are offering a special through the end of November: Buy an i-Roast 2 for $169 and get 2 pounds of Organic Bolivian green coffee for Free.

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Posted by Scott Martin at September 20, 2006 11:28 AM
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