Crew Review: Nesco Coffee Roaster

Next up in our series on home coffee roasters is the Nesco, which is another air roaster, similar to the iRoast 2. One of its special features is a corkscrew in the roasting chamber, which rotates the beans to potentially achieve a more even roast. Also, Comic Sans.

Rob takes us through his initial assessment of features and functionality and we then roast up our first batch of Velton’s Bonsai Blend. While this roaster purports to have a catalytic converter in order to reduce the smell, we found it only had minimal effect.


4 comments for “Crew Review: Nesco Coffee Roaster

  1. John
    November 9, 2011 at 10:20 am

    I’ve roasted some really good beans for expresso with the Nesco. A couple of hints with the Nesco….you can minimize the smell by placing the roaster under a kitchen fan and let most of the smell go up the hood. Also, the maximum roasting time you get before starting the machine is 25 min. Once you start the machine you can add an additional 5 minutes. This really helps extent the roasting to that point between medium and dark roast. Also fill the beans halfway between the dark roast line and fill line. That should give you a good amount overall and the roasting should be even. You can stop the roasting at anytime by hitting the cool button.
    Lastly, any chaff left behind in the glass container can ge brushed out with an acid brush. There shouldn’t be too much chaff remaining in the actual beans. Hope this helps!

    • Kat
      November 9, 2011 at 3:34 pm

      Thanks for these tips!! We’ll definitely incorporate them into our next round of experimentation :D

      - Kat

  2. Rich G
    July 3, 2013 at 5:14 am

    Why does my Nesco coffee roaster keep breaking? I’m on my 3rd in less than a year !! Not happy

    • Kat
      July 3, 2013 at 7:37 am

      Sorry to hear that! They actually discontinued this model (at least, our supplier did) so we haven’t sold it in over a year. :(


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