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. http://www.breworganic.com

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. http://www.burmancoffee.com

Roastmasters.com offers a few dozen varieties of green beans, with background information, cupping characteristics and roasting notes (including occasional notations for specific roasters). http://www.roastmasters.com

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. http://www.sweetmarias.com

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

The next coffee roasting class at the Institute of Domestic Technology will be Jan. 22. See http://www.instituteofdomestictechnology.com.

— Betty Hallock

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