About Us

We Build The World’s Most Affordable Coffee Roasters



While living in Thailand and unable to find fresh roasted coffee, Ken Lathrop, developer of Coffee Crafter’s Fluid Bed Coffee Roasters, conceived of a concept to design and build a reliable, affordable machine capable of roasting five pounds or more of coffee beans in less than ten minutes.

“My goal was to enable new roasters – to help them roast their own beans and have fun doing it”, says Lathrop. “My focus was to design and build a roaster that could be easy for anyone to learn and use, a roaster that could roast five pounds or more per roast batch and was easily installed and affordable for anyone. From the response we have received from customers and at coffee shows, I think we succeeded.”

Coffee Crafters designed and began selling its Artisan V fluid bed coffee roaster in August 2013. “We built the Artisan roaster specifically to serve small roasters or those new to the industry”, says Lathrop. “The installation is similar to your home clothes dryer – very simple and straightforward. After installation we find that our customers are up to speed and roasting typically within 30 minutes.”

Our Mission
To become the best and largest supplier of high-quality affordable coffee “micro-roasting” equipment in the world.

“Micro-Roasting” defined:
1. Hands on craft roasted coffee
2. Roasting 100 lbs. or less per day
3. Supply “fresh” coffee to customers immediately after roasting at its peak of freshness

Our Vision
We will maintain an uncompromising commitment to our “micro-roasting” customers by:
> Serving our customers the way we would like to be taken care of.
> Providing our customers with equipment, supplies and information to satisfy all of their micro-roasting needs.
> Supplying high quality products engineered and manufactured in the USA.
> Delivering affordable equipment factory direct.

Coffee Crafters roasters were designed from the ground up for a new breed of pioneering home roasters and coffee shops. Our roasters are:

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Easy to Install

Can be installed by anyone with common household tools.

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Easy to Use

Designed for new roasters with little to no roasting experience.

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Easy to Maintain

Commercial quality and very easy to clean and maintain.

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The absolute best value in the world for production per hour and roast results.  

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