The Cuisinart DGB-550BK – Best Automatic Coffee Maker With Grinder is a top pick, but this Ikawa is also very tempting. Coffee nerdery has many levels. Some are obsessed with the technology of getting the perfect grind. Others are obsessed with finding the best flavor. Still others need to have the ideal roast for their preferred morning libation.
And if you’re a roaster, Ikawa will ensure you’ve got the perfect roast, every single time, and you won’t have to go any further than your iPhone.
It’s pretty simple. The Ikawa reduces the coffee roaster down to a tiny little kitchen appliance that you simply add green coffee beans to, and use a pre-determined recipe to roast the beans to perfection. Whether you want espresso or a light roast, you just press the button on your companion app and the Ikawa roasts it up.
But, of course, it doesn’t stop there. If you’ve got your own personal roast recipe, or just want to mess around with roasting beans to different settings and styles, you can just fiddle around with the roasting settings to get whatever you want out of the bean. Needless to say, it being connected to the Internet, you can share the recipes you test out, or download and try other people’s roasts.
Now, not everyone will want to go to the time, expense, and aggravation of roasting their own beans. And you’ll need to have more than just this admittedly svelte roaster on hand; this doesn’t grind the beans for you, so you’ll need to grind them down accordingly before adding the water. But if you’re a coffee nerd, you probably already own a grinder, and at $680, arguably it’s cheap for a roasting technology. Besides, isn’t the perfect buzz worth it?