When I first wrote a home roasting page back in 1998, I was a neophyte. I had a popcorn popper, and a lot of internet advice, and supplies from the online Mecca of home roasting, Sweet Marias and Thom Owen, its proprietor. But once I tried it, I knew I would never give it up.
Home roasting your own coffee can provide a near quantum leap in quality depending on what you like to brew. If you're into espresso, it's a sure fire way to almost guarantee 100% crema on all the shots you pull, good or bad. Fortunately, we have a few more roasting tools to choose these days, but there still isn't many on market - maybe the next few years will see an increase in consumer roasters.
Take a look at the following sections that cover homeroasting. I hope to add to this section from time to time as I discover new ways to roast coffee, new tools to do it, or new discoveries.