Roasting coffee at home: websites

If you're gearing up to roast coffee at home, here are some of the growing number of websites that sell home roasting equipment and green coffee beans:

Seven Bridges, a Santa Cruz cooperative, sells home beer brewing equipment but also offers a selection of organic green coffee beans from Central America, South America, Africa and Asia, as well as roasting equipment.

Burman Coffee Traders sells green coffee beans in 1-, 2-, 5- and some in 50-pound quantities, along with a variety of home roasting equipment. offers a few dozen varieties of green beans, with background information, cupping characteristics and roasting notes (including occasional notations for specific roasters).

Sweet Maria's website, based in Oakland, is considered a home coffee roasting resource, selling roasting equipment and green beans and offering a coffee roasting forum.

The Coffee Project lists green beans by country of origin, along with descriptions that include growing conditions, bean size, flavor notes and roasting recommendations.

The next coffee roasting class at the Institute of Domestic Technology will be Jan. 22. See

— Betty Hallock

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