Air Popcorn Poppers for Coffee Roasting – Some types work better than others!
For air popcorn The application of heat to green coffee seeds (beans) to create palatable material for brewing a great cup!: Coffee roasting is a chemical process induced by heat, by which aromatics, acids, and other flavor components More, you must use a popper in which the hot air enters the popcorn chamber from side vents. We know of three types of this design: The West Bend Poppery II, The Popcorn Pumper, and the Popaire 2 by Hamilton Beach. You may find others that are of the same design; JC Penny brand for example.
We don’t recommend using a popper where the hot air enters the popping chamber through a mesh-covered orifice on the bottom. It tends to throw the coffee out of the popper later in the roast, when the coffee loses weight due to moisture content loss. However, you can convert the “non-recommended” type into a workable roaster by adding a glass chimney to the top. Plus it works well for crafting very dark roasts, if that’s your thing.
The correct type of popper swirls the Chaff is paper-like skin that comes off the coffee in the roasting process. Chaff from roasting is part of the innermost skin (the silverskin) of the coffee fruit that still cling to the beans after More upward and out of the popper into your chaff-collecting bowl.
We have tested all the poppers mentioned above, and prefer the Poppery II. It has the best chute design for home roasting and is rated at 1200 watts.
We currently sell one of these types, the Nostalgia Electric model, as the West bend models are no longer this design.
You might be able to find them at a hardware store, thrift store or discount stores like Walmart or Kmart.
If you have time to visit a few thrift stores, you will probably find the correct type of popper. Ebay works too! Recently folks have said that a Salton model sold at Target works, as does a Toastmaster model sold at Bed, Bath and Beyond. But any popper that looks like the photo below will work!
You should buy one with all the plastic parts intact and uncracked, or else the roast chamber may not attain proper temperatures.
You can’t be sure that a thrift store popper will work: some poppers have two heating elements and if one dies the popper will seem to function but never reach correct roasting temperatures.
Also, some poppers are equipped with a circuit that, if overheated, will permanently disable the machine. It’s a safety feature designed to prevent fires. On the other hand, most thrift store poppers cost around $2 so you won’t have to hock the record collection if you buy a dud!
Electric Air Popcorn Poppers for Coffee Roasting – models that are known to work well!
- West Bend Air Crazy (only the model with flat bottom and side vents)
- West Bend “The Poppery” AKA Poppery 1, 1500 Watts. The Best!
- West Bend Poppery II (1200 watt model) – a preferred model
- Popcorn Pumper, Especially the Oldest Model
- Kitchen Gourmet (from Walgreens)
- Toastmaster 6203 West Bend Air Crazy
- Toastess TCP-388 (also TCP-1)