Sonofresco 2100-R Propane Coffee Roaster, 2-Pound, Cherry Red
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- Commercial grade tabletop roaster that is affordable, simple, reliable and profitable
- Roast up to 50 pounds of fresh coffee per day; efficient 18 minute roast cycle, from green to perfectly roasted and cooled beans
- Automated roast levels for ease of use and consistent quality
- Fresh coffee aromas and great visual roasting appeal
- Propane; 120 volts/60 hertz; 3 amps; Cherry red powder coating; Exhaust venting required; Made in the USA
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The Sonofresco 2 Pound Coffee Roaster is an affordable, small, compact, tabletop coffee roaster, capable of roasting up to 50 pounds of freshly roasted coffee in a day. Coffee beans roasted in a Sonofresco Roaster are comparable to the best commercial drum roasters on the market, at a fraction of the price. Freshness is the critical element to a quality cup of coffee. This roaster gives you the flexibility of custom roasting fresh coffee two pounds at a time - different coffees, blends and roast levels - from light roasts to dark French, Italian and Espresso. Sonofresco Roasters have proven reliability with over twelve years of service in coffee retailers around the world. They are perfect for coffee shops, restaurants, latte stands, neighborhood markets, farmers markets, home roasting businesses or for your own personal use. Transform your coffee business with the aroma and visual appeal of freshly roasting beans and at the same time increase your profits. The 2 pound roaster has an automated roast profile and is very simple to operate using push button controls. No previous roasting experience is necessary. The roasting and cooling cycle time is about 16-18 minutes per batch. Roasting does not need constant attention so you can multi-task, offering maximum efficiency of your time. The 2 pound roaster uses propane as the heat source and a small amount of electricity to operate the fan and control panel; 120 volts/60 hertz; 3 amps. UL Listed. Exhaust venting is required with this product. This roaster comes in a cherry red powder coating. Sonofresco Roasters are manufactured in the United States. 1 year warranty.
Top Customer Reviews
Thankfully, the saving grace of the Sonofresco is the clear roasting chamber. Not only does it allow your clients to see the roast as it happens (which seems to be endlessly fascinating), but it allows the you to judge the roast by look and (marginally) by sound. The noise of the roaster makes it difficult to hear the coffee's telltale cracks at particular roasting stages. First crack is clearly audible, but the start of second crack is hard to gauge. The clear roasting chamber will allow the experienced roaster to stop the roast with a high degree of accuracy based on the color of the bean and the amount of oils on the bean;'s surface.
Another issue is the amount of coffee you put in the chamber to roast will dictate the type of roast you get. An overfull roasting chamber results in an uneven roast where some beans are very dark and others rather light. Even though the machine is made to roast up to 2.8 lbs. per cycle, I don't recommend it. I roast at the minimum 2 lbs. per cycle and get consistent results.
The other downside is the 2 lb. minimum load. if you do blends, you have to make a LOT of coffee. Let's say you have a blend that requires 50% South American, 25% Ethiopian, and 25% Indonesian. Since the minimum load is 2 lbs., you have to roast 2 lbs. of Ethiopian, 2 lbs. of Indonesian, and 4 lbs. of South American for a total of 8 lbs. of beans. Even with the weight loss of roasting, you still wind up with nearly 7 lbs. of coffee. If you do mostly blends and are a small time roaster, I would recommend a 1 lb. roaster instead.
The unit requires cleaning after every roasting cycle (roast chamber, chaff collector, etc.) and some end of day cleaning as well (thermometer). You quickly get used to the cleaning and it doesn't slow you down much.
That being said, a little study and management of roast profiles, temperatures and times will result in very accurate and tasty results. The unit fires up the burner on a cycle which brings up the temperature of the beans slowly over the course of 10-15 minutes depending on the beans and your roast setting. This results in an excellent development of the coffee's flavors. I have not been disappointed, even though I have roasted beans that traditionally require some close attention.
The Sonofresco has allowed me to step from a minuscule operation to offering my coffee at farmer's markets and events. If you're just getting set up as a commercial roaster, the Sonofresco is the perfect unit to bridge between the tiny home roasting units and the larger commercial roasters that cost $10K and more.
Coffee Crafters Artisan 6m(6lbs roaster) or 2M(2lbs roaster)
-All electric - Clean hot air roasting
-Easy to install, easy to use, and easy to maintain.