roast·​er | \ ˈrō-stər How to pronounce roaster (audio) \

Definition of roaster

1 : one that roasts
2 : a device for roasting
3 : something adapted to roasting: such as
a : a suckling pig
b : a bird fit for roasting especially : a young chicken larger than a broiler

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As the largest coffee roaster in Ohio, the company manufactures individual-serve cups of coffee grounds, which Vocational Guidance Services package for wholesale distribution. Shirley Macfarland,, "Caruso’s Coffee honored for providing work for people with disabilities: Talk of the Towns," 28 June 2019 One of our local craft coffee roasters with their own relationships with Central American coffee growers. Polly Campbell,, "Meet all the restaurants (so far) coming to the Wine and Food Experience," 6 Aug. 2019 Thankfully, Chicago’s favorite coffee roaster pulls up with strong, delicious — and necessarily cold — coffee each day of the festival. Adam Lukach,, "Chow Town on the cheap — How to eat at Lollapalooza for $5 or less," 31 July 2019 In the other half of the current Copper Plate space, Kind Hospitality proposes putting local coffee roaster Infusion Coffee & Tea. Melissa Yeager, azcentral, "Macayo's likely opening at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. Here are the other restaurants to expect," 11 July 2019 Popular roaster Stumptown has experimented with it, as well. Maura Judkis, Washington Post, "Canned coffee is suddenly a lot more interesting, with funky flavors and many more bubbles," 27 June 2019 When coffee roasters were sued under California’s Prop. WSJ, "End of a Silly California Coffee Cancer Scare," 12 June 2019 Drummer Nate Young started a coffee roaster business with his brother-in-law Tim McTague called Kingstate. Bryan Reesman, Billboard, "Anberlin on Getting Back Together: 'It's Reconciliation, It's Not Even a Reunion'," 10 June 2019 Stumptown, a roaster based in Portland, Ore., sells cold brew in 10.5-ounce bottles that contain a whopping 29.4 milligrams of caffeine per ounce. Bobby Finger, New York Times, "Is Cold Brew Better Than Iced Coffee?," 2 July 2019

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First Known Use of roaster

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of roaster

: a device used for roasting meat
chiefly US : a young chicken that is suitable for roasting

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