Is it cheaper overall to buy green coffee beans and roast at home?

Is it cheaper overall to buy green coffee beans and roast at home?

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  1. Yes, but not by all that much if you buy, say, a few pounds. You can save, maybe, around roughly $10 a month, on average.

    Primos Coffee, for example, is $19 for three pounds; 48 ounces (but it drops down to around 40–43 ounces after roasting).
    And a bag of good beans at the store, cost around $8 for a 12-ounce bag. So do the math. You don’t save much.
    You might save a hell of a lot more if you buy twenty plus pounds at a time, which can cost over $100.
    The problem with that is most suppliers do not have a refund policy, and it is a big gamble that the beans are fresh by the time they get to your door after a loooooooooong transit.
    I would think that most of the time the shipments are. But, man, if you buy over $200 worth to get that low price per pound, and part or most of the batch goes bad on you, tough luck.
    Humidity is one of the things that can screw the beans up. There are many coffee shop owners in Colorado, and other areas that buy only a couple of weeks at a time.
    I bought one bag at Primos, and the beans were dead. Either they were old or the cold weather in my area (Michigan) hit them hard during shipment via UPS.
    But they gave me my money back.
    Can you imagine spending a lot more, and not getting your money back?
    It’s just not worth it to me.

  2. Green coffee is about 1/2 the cost of like quality roasted coffee and looses less than 15% weight when roasted. There is an investment in equipment and time but the result can be as good or better than pre-roasted beans. You can spend $30- to over $2000- on home roasting equipment and it takes about 15 minutes to roast a weeks supply.

  3. Cheaper?
    Better quality?
    At least, not at first.
    Over the years, you could become quite adept at home-roasting, but there is a learning curve.

  4. It depends on how you value your time, what equipment you roast with, and how much green coffee you buy. Green coffee has more water and oil in it, some of which is lost in the roasting process, and also has a skin on it, which becomes chaff as it is roasted. This means you net a smaller amount of coffee than you start with. You also get discounts based on the volume of coffee you order, and if ordering online, it is less expensive per pound to ship larger amounts (10-25 lbs). Roasting also produces smoke, so is often done outside, or in very small batches, or you buy a small roaster or drum, which is a cost. Finally, it takes time to roast, cool, and clean up. Your time is worth something, so put a value on it. So, it may not be cheaper, but you may find value and satisfaction in the freshness and quality of the coffee, and in doing it yourself.


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