Coffee aficionados know the value of freshly and properly roasted beans. To many, the difference in taste and complexity between a Keurig machine and a freshly roasted and ground brew is undeniable. More complex and professional style coffee makers have come down in price and are now considered a mainstay for some.
While pour-over and siphon coffee are becoming more familiar experiences at home, roasting beans is typically left to the experts. One Kickstarter campaign is attempting to change all that, bringing all the capabilities of larger roasters to the kitchen with iOS connectivity as the cherry on top…
The IKAWA Home Roaster hopes to bring that experience of turning green coffee into dark ready to brew beans to more consumers. It has a minimalistic design, most of the operation is hidden behind the white plastic casing. It all starts with the iOS app, where you can choose the type of bean and roasting profile that is best suited for the coffee. Green beans are emptied into the top of the roaster, while a small glass container sits at the bottom to collect the chaffings.
This is where the roasting process begins: the Ikawa loads the chosen recipe into the roaster and with the press of a large illuminated button, the process gets rolling. It’s all a customizable experience based on the type of coffee, ranging from 1-10 minutes of roasting. The roaster alerts you when the coffee is ready. To complete the process, the chaff container is removed and another is placed to collect the freshly roasted beans. From there, it is time to grind the coffee and prepare with your method of choice.
IKAWA’s Home Roaster is currently available for funding on Kickstarter, having reached nearly 50% of it’s goal with 31 days remaining. A pledge of £500 or roughly $770 will get you one. Of course, if you’re ready to get into home roasting today, there are some options available now.