By Larry Cotton


Photography by Larry Cotton


Lots of folks think that quaffing a cup of coffee from boutique beans comes close to nirvana, but roasting your own beans will bring you even closer. That’s why I call this roaster the Nirvana Machine.

I didn’t drink coffee for most of my life, and I even survived without it in the Navy. But when my son introduced me to a cup of legendary West Coast java (OK, Peet’s), I began to understand what all the fuss was about. Soon, I too became fussy about excellent coffee.

Beans lose flavor after they’re roasted because all of those delicious but volatile aromatic compounds ...

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