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We're about to start on an epic adventure of aroma and satisfaction. Coffee roasting takes time but you'll taste just how wonderful doing it really is. So let's get started. Ready?
You'll need some green beans. I buy from www.deansbeans.com but many sites offer green beans (any favorites out there coffee enthusiasts?).
Green beans don't smell great but will once they're roasted they will!
Because the beans loose about 20% of their weight during the roast, weigh out more than you need.
Dump the beans into your roaster. Here we've built a roaster from parts at Home Depot. Quite easy and inexpensive to do.
Pre-heat grill to 500F/260C and try your best to keep it at 500F/260C during the roast.
Put the tumbler in the grill and begin to rotate slowly.
OPTIONAL: I like to had a bit of tobacco during the roast to give it a bit of a sweet, and bold taste. I add the tobacco about half way though the roast.
For a medium roast you'll roast for about 17min at 500F/260C and for a darker roast it'll be close to 25 minuets.
Keep an eye on the beans for color changes. Also listen; the bean will go through two stages of cracks. They're subtle but you'll hear then at about 7min and again at around 17min.
Once they have reached their time or are the desired color, remove from grill and dump into sifter. Sifter made from small grate and 2" x 4"s.
Shake vigorously. Feel free to bust out the electric slide here. You're that much closer to an amazing cup o' joe.
I use a fan as well. It's important to cool the beans as fast as possible. They'll continue to roast inside if they are not cooled and then you'll end up with burnt coffee.
Let the coffee sit for 12 hours so that it releases the CO2 gas still left from roasting. Go ahead... Brew some of that hard earned, incredibly fresh coffee. You deserve it. Sharing is optional.
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I use and old popcorn popper to roast my beans.
Tip: Having an accurate thermometer is your best friend, whether you're a home roaster, an avid roaster or professional. Most arabica coffee first cracks around 394 degrees f. Terminal temperature (when you dump the beans and cool them) is the most accurate way to repeat success. So, Brazilian coffees like to have a terminal temp between 417 and 427 degrees, once you decide what profile you like best, record that terminal temp and use it for that season.
the Behmor 1600 is an excellent home roaster that produces consistent results @$300 and has a built in smoke incinerator. So you can roast indoors and enjoy the smell, but not get smoked out...
Thanks. I've always wanted to do this. Now I can. I plan to use my Weber grill. Gotta go order the beans...
@ughly Betty yeah I've heard of that and saw some tutorials online. One thing they said was the smoke and chaff were a bit of a problem but not a huge deal. Yeah I'm curious how they turn out! Make a guide ;)
Ooh @Ugly Betty it sounds like you need to make a how-to on roasting beans in the oven!!
Oops! Yeah, was typing and i accidently sent it.....was just saying they turn brown very quickly which when you must take them out or they burn and taste bitter. Good job :)
Homemade coffee roaster ($20)
Green coffee beans
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