Gene Cafe Home Roaster CBR-101

R12995,00 (Incl. VAT 15%)

The Gene Cafe CBR-101 has established itself as an excellent roaster capable of producing about 250-300g of uniformly roasted coffee.

Suitable for both the novice and experienced home coffee roaster.  The intuitive controls of time and temperature, and full-view glass chamber, allow for a simple out-of-the-box roasting experience.

More seasoned home roasters will love the consistency of the CBR-101 and will be able to fine-tune desired roast profiles.  The CBR-101 uses a unique vortex twisting, off-axis chamber rotation which assures complete distribution of the green coffee during roasting, and consistent roasting results.



Product Overview

Gene Cafe Home Roaster CBR-101 for Roasting Your Coffee at Home is established as an excellent and capable home coffee roaster.  Roast small batches of about 250-300 g per roast in 15-20 minutes.  That is why you can conveniently do roasting quickly in the way you want it.  An off-axis roasting chamber with a vortex of hot air circulating the green beans results in evenly distributed heat that produces a consistent roast.  Dispell any exhaust fumes using a pipe connected to the chaff box outlet.

You don’t need to be trained or be an expert to use the Gene Cafe Home Roaster CBR-101.

Manufacturer and Origin

Gene Cafe Home Roaster CBR-101 is manufactured by Genesis in Korea.  This roaster is imported to South Africa by Laroussco Trading (Pty) Ltd and sold by Gene Cafe Southern Africa and authorised re-sellers.


Functional Overview

The control panel allows for an automated experience, yet delivers enough ability to adjust and control the roast for individual preferences.  Control the roast with the time and temperature buttons to expose the beans to distributed heated air of between 190-250C.  Set a roasting time of around 15-23 minutes.  The heating element is energised by a 1200-1400 Watt electricity.

Cooling is performed after reaching a complete roast by passing ambient air for about 10 minutes.  User intervention is possible to force the cooling cycle, providing the roast-master with absolute control over quality.

Gene Cafe Home Roaster CBR-101 has a quiet operation (65 dB) with overheat protection.  It produces a moderate quantity of smoke, after passing the air vortex via the chaff-collector to catch the silver-skins during the roasting process.  A rudimentary foil-coil (air conditioning pipe) can be attached and placed in a window opening to discharge smoke outside.

Emissions are safe and don’t pose a material threat to humans when operated under safe conditions.

Roasting Profiles

Gene Cafe Home Roaster CBR-101 is all about the home or sample batch roasting profile.  Therefore, the Gene Cafe Home Roaster CBR-101 provides the ability to achieve every roast profile in sample-sized and home-consumable batches.  For convenience sake, this is very advantageous where a high degree of variability is required during experimentation with different varietals and roast profiles.  Gene Cafe achieves this kind of versatility effortlessly and allows you to experience a wide range of different coffees.

What is in the Box

Gene Cafe Home Roaster CBR-101 is comprised of:

  1. Roaster
  2. Roasting Chamber
  3. Chaff Collector (expelled silver-skins)
  4. Brush
  5. Chamber Stand
  6. Measuring Cup (100 g)
  7. Owner’s Manual

Operating Conditions and Care

Gene Cafe Home Roaster CBR-101 is a home or sample coffee roaster and is suited to experiment with different coffee origins, roasts, and to roast coffee for personal home use, sampling or experimental cupping.  That’s why it is a great machine that allows cafe-variety coffee origins to private individuals to experience small private roasts according to their methods.

Appropriate Use

Care should be taken not to apply this roaster in a commercial capacity.  That means roasting coffee to supply a cafe or coffee shop. This roaster should not be run continuously for hours as it puts undue strain and wears on a product not intended to this purpose.  Regular roasting breaks of 15 minutes or more is recommended.

Any use of the roaster, outside of its primary purpose as a home roaster, puts undue strain and wear on the chaff-blade cushion, casing it to overhead and perish sooner.  Keep your eye on the chaff-blade rubber cushion for signs of premature wear.  Damage to this rubber cushion is the first sign of over-use.


WARNING: This roaster uses heat. It can be dangerous if you are not careful.  Do not place hands or other combustible materials on the heated parts of the machine.  Do not put the machine in a constricted, badly ventilated area, or within proximity of combustible gases, etc. This might result in potentially uncontrolled combustion that may hurt someone or destroy items (if not the roaster) in the process.

During operation, the roasting chamber becomes quite hot to the touch, even after the cooling cycle.  The chamber stand provides a coaster on which to place the drum prior to charging it with a successive roast.


During the roasting process, silver-skins are expelled from the bean surface and transported by the air vortex into the chaff-box.  This requires periodic cleaning by removing chaff from the chaff-box portal.  The lid is simply slid off to reveal the chamber and allow the extraction of the chaff.

Additional information

Weight 5.5 kg
Dimensions 23.5 × 20 × 24.3 cm

Black, Red


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