Gene Cafe Home Coffee Roaster Review

Gene Cafe Home Coffee Roaster Review

Any coffee drinker knows that you cannot beat the flavor (or aroma) of freshly roasted coffee beans! There’s something completely intoxicating about roasting coffee that excites the senses and makes the whole coffee drinking experience that much more satisfying. The Gene Cafe Home Coffee Roaster is the device that can help you take the flavor of your coffee to a whole other level of deliciousness.

In this review, we are going to talk a little more about the features of the Gene Cafe Home Coffee Roaster, but we are also going to give you an overview of what people who have purchased the coffee roaster had to say about their overall experience with it. Then, we’re going to give you our recommendation on whether or not this roaster is something you should consider purchasing for your own kitchen!

About The Product

This coffee roaster isn’t quite like other home roasters that you may have seen online. This roaster uses forced hot air to pass through the drum, but it isn’t the air that agitates the bean—it is the rotation of the drum. The drum on the roaster tumbles the beans as it rotates.

Gene Cafe CBR-101 Home Coffee Roaster Features

There is a separate panel inside the roaster that creates two halves that are interconnected that stirs the beans while they roast, providing a more even and thorough roast.

Notable features of the Gene Cafe Home Coffee Roaster include:

  • Roast up to 250g of green coffee beans in about 15 minutes
  • Fully viewable roast chamber
  • Fully adjustable time and temperature allow for maximum control over your roasts
  • ​Unique 3D off-axis rotation ensures an even roast every time
  • Impressively quiet operation
  • Works with standard 120v power

You’ll notice that this particular roaster features two dials that will allow you to adjust the time and temperature of your roast. The control knobs are conveniently placed on the machine so it feels natural and comfortable to reach for. The unit also features a digital read out that indicates the internal temperature of the drum while you are roasting.

Roaster Size And Temperature Adjustment

When you are roasting coffee with this machine, you can set the machine to 456 degrees and set it for 30 minutes. You can add up to a half pound of beans to the drum. Once you press start, the process of roasting the coffee will start. You can press the stop button to stop the roasting process and activate the cooling cycle once the beans have reached the desired roast.

Keeping the roaster clean is relatively simple. You will want to make sure that the air intake screen located at the bottom of the roaster is clear and there aren’t any oils built up on the chaff collector. If there is a build-up, you can use a mild cleaning agent and a brush to remove the build-up. You don’t want to use anything abrasive, as it could scratch the glass of the drum.

What Others Say

When looking at what people had to say about the Gene Cafe Home Coffee Roaster, we weren’t surprised by all the positive reviews customers left in regards to the product. Customers like that there is a digital read out on the machine.

They found that they can record the temperature on the roaster so that they can replicate good roasts. Customers also like that you can see inside the drum while the beans are roasting, thus giving you the ability to closely monitor the beans so they don’t get burned.

Customers like that the roaster is easy to set up and take apart, making the whole cleaning process a breeze. When it comes to clean up, they like that they can just use some mild soap and hot water. Also, they like that the unit comes apart fairly easily so that they can clean the unit.

Gene Cafe CBR-101 Home Coffee Roaster

Although many customers had great things to say about this roaster, there are some people who experienced some problems that caused them to regret purchasing the unit. Of these complaints, customers have said that the unit caught on fire. One person’s caught on fire after 18 months of regular use, another said the lid melted and caught on fire only after 10 months.

The roaster does come with a 1 year warranty which you can use to get the unit repaired, however a few people stated that their units stopped working after the warranty, which was a big disappointment because this roaster is fairly expensive, as it costs over $600.

Our Recommendation

Roasting coffee is a process that takes a lot of care so that you do not burn the beans and have a bad roast. With the Gene Cafe Home Coffee Roaster, you do have two knobs that will control the temperature and the roasting time. When you are able to find the perfect roast setting, you can write down the time and temperature as it is displayed on the digital display.

When it comes to coffee bean roasters, we feel like this is roaster is a great option. The drum’s off-axis rotation ensures that the beans are roasted evenly to perfection every time, plus you can keep watch of the beans during the roasting process by looking through the glass drum.

Gene Cafe CBR-101 Home Coffee Roaster On White Background

It is true that this roaster is going to be more of an investment-type purchase rather than something you buy on a whim because it does come with a hefty price tag—slightly more than $600. However, for serious coffee connoisseurs, this is a must-have small appliance so that you’ll have great coffee every time.

We do want to mention that while many people enjoyed using this coffee roaster, there were a few instances where the unit caught on fire during use. Although it is safe to say that these instances can be considered a fluke, it is still worth mentioning so that you can factor that in on your decision to purchase.