The BeanBon Coffee Roaster is kicking off a crowdfunding campaign for its counter top wise roaster gadget today, seeking a total of$10,000 over the next month. The BeanBon is already a completely realized item, and I was able to test one out to verify it matches its creator’s claims– and it does indeed offer a basic, easy method to enter into at-home coffee roasting, with very little expertise and cleanup required. The basics The BeanBon is a reasonably little countertop device, about the size of your average juicer or drip coffee machine. It has a simple function: roast coffee beans, in little batches created to be optimized for everyday coffee drinking use. The maker itself shows up completely put together, and is just as friendly in regards to ease of usage as your average coffee maker, too.

At-home roasting can be achieved in number of ways, but BeanBon’s entire approach is designed around simpleness and versatility. Out of the box, you can be roasting beans in no time with no prior experience thanks to its basic manual settings. And if you want to get more extensive, there’s an app for iOS and Android that lets you tune all the roasting settings to fit your exact tastes and needs.

BeanBon prepares to retail its roaster for around $1,000, however is using it to Early riser backers at $699 throughout the Kickstarter project.

Design and performance

Image Credits: BeanBon While the BeanBon I checked out is the item of a tooling sample, rather than the shipping version, it’s still quite well put-together in terms of fit and surface. The outside is black anodized aluminium and it feels well-constructed and sturdy. The style is contemporary however fairly understated, so it won’t watch out of location in a modern-day kitchen area atop the counter next to a coffee maker.

The tester version I received delivered in generic product packaging and didn’t consist of any directions due to the fact that it’s a pre-release item. Thankfully, none were needed for me to find out how to use it, and to get started in fact roasting the two consisted of packs of green coffee beans in just minutes. The design is easy and creative, and by referencing a marketing video for the BeanBon launched in Asia, I was quickly able to get up and running.

Running the BeanBon is as simple as removing the plastic lid of the device and putting beans into the main transparent roasting chamber. Once you turn on the device, you then turn the dial to select your roast level (1 to 8, 1 being the lightest) and after that press to begin. The roast cycle runs automatically, showing you a countdown timer. Once that timer diminishes, there’s a cooling cycle that follows, and then you merely push a lever situated on the side to drop the roasted beans into a collection bin.

One of the most smart things the BeanBon group has actually done is carry out a fan that comes on automatically when you push this lever, which blows up the chaff (coffee bean shells that break and shed during roasting) to be collected in an easy-to-clean filter located at the top of the device while dropping the much heavier beans into the pot. Excessive chaff can affect the taste of the coffee, leading to increased bitterness, and this is a creative way to automate the chaff removal procedure.

One note about operation: The BeanBon roasting process did trigger my condo’s smoke detector, even though no smoke was visible. It releases a strong (and really enjoyable, if you’re a coffee fan) scent while working, but this is likely enough to activate your smoke detectors depending upon the space in which you’re utilizing it. Turning on the stove vent and utilizing it near that appeared to solve the problem, as did ensuring I utilize it with windows open and fans going.

Bottom line

The pre-packaged BeanBon coffee I received had an included recommended roasting level, which also makes it extremely simple to start. I wasn’t able to check out the advanced app-based features, because the software isn’t yet offered here, however the manual modes worked precisely as marketed.

Roasting in your home, particularly with wise features, can be a really expensive affair– BeanBon’s price point at $699 (and $749 after the Early riser units are gone) is incredibly low for what it can do. Gradually, you can certainly recognize cost savings from using unroasted beans and doing it yourself– green beans are simpler to buy in bulk because they take longer to spoil than do roasted beans. However if you’re considering getting into this world, it’s probably much better to be inspired by the ability and enjoyment of customized roasts than anything else.

BeanBon does lower the cleanup and ability requirements substantially, nevertheless, making at-home roasting quite friendly. It’s a fantastic way to start, offered BeanBon meets its production goals and starts shipping these later this year as it plans to do.

Article curated by RJ Shara from Source. RJ Shara is a Bay Area Radio Host (Radio Jockey) who talks about the startup ecosystem – entrepreneurs, investments, policies and more on her show The Silicon Dreams. The show streams on Radio Zindagi 1170AM on Mondays from 3.30 PM to 4 PM.