Coffee Beans

Roast your own coffee beans at home!  Don't have a roaster? Did you know you can roast green beans in your oven, in a skillet, in a popcorn popper?   Whatever method you use, you will be on your way to drinking a much better cup of coffee!

The basic process is simple:  using heat to turn green un-roasted coffee into brown roasted coffee.  Measure out your coffee beans, you want enough in the skillet so that it is easy to stir them.  For pots and skillets start out small, perhaps 3-4 ounces of green coffee beans, leaving room for the beans to expand three times their original size, and not more than three layers deep to roast evenly.  Preheat your pan over medium heat (the exact temperature setting will depend on your stove) you want the pan nice and hot, about 500F.  Pour in the beans and start stirring with wooden spoon.

This may take up to 15-20 minutes depending how dark you like your coffee.  Roasting can produce smoke especially with darker roasts.   During the roasting procedure the beans will make a cracking sound.  When the beans appear to be the color you prefer - remove from heat.  Cool in colander or roasting pan.   Place cooled beans in container that has room for expansion (ziploc bag)  and allow gas to escape but keep that air out for at least 4-8 hours before grinding the beans.

A home coffee roaster will automate the roasting process, but more importantly they help you to accurately reproduce a roast profile with very little practice.  However, the process is essentially the same regardless of the roaster used.  Outcomes will vary by coffee and numerous variables.  Either way you can achieve superb tasting gourmet coffee by roasting fresh green beans with very little practice. 
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