It’s been about 3 weeks since I started my great coffee roasting experiment. I drink my coffee with cream and use a french press. I have not made my coffee creamer since trying this. I wanted to see how the coffee tasted before adding my flavored creamer.
I ordered my unroasted coffee beans (Green Beans) from Deans Beans. It is a fair trade coffee website who sells green beans and roasted beans. There are many sites out there. This site fit what I was looking for. I was searching for the cheapest beans with the least shipping and handling fees. Free trade made me feel better too.
I ordered the Sumatran coffee beans, Columbian, and Nicaraguan coffee beans. I ordered 3 pounds to begin with. Each pound was $5.15. Shipping added another $2-3 per pound. I have found another site that charges a little more for the beans, but has a flat rate shipping of $7.50 unless you buy 25 pounds of coffee and then it is free.
I was very surprised at how small the bags were. The beans are peaberry so they are small. The one thing I didn’t even think about was how much 1 pound of beans would weigh after roasting. I would say you lose between 2 and 4 ounces. So 1 pound of “green” coffee beans equals 12 to 14 ounces of roasted coffee.
I chose to roast the beans in a popcorn maker. That’s right a popcorn maker. There are many ways to roast them. You can spend the money on a roaster, roast them in the oven, on the stove, etc. This link can help you see the ways http://www.ineedcoffee.com/. Just click on the Roasting tab. My popcorn popper has an arm that is always moving the beans for a more even roast and it costs less than $30.
I began with heating up the popcorn popper for a few minutes before roasting. Then I measured out about a weeks worth of coffee and put into the popper.
I have read that you can tell they are done by the cracking sound or the color. Well the cracking noise was a big bust and the color is not the same as in the store. I have found that with my popper it takes 10 to 12 minutes. I will hear some cracking and a pause in the cracking noises. Then another pop and I quit.
You will then need to cool the beans off. You can’t just let them cool on their own as they will continue to roast. I take one metal strainer and a mesh strainer. I have a small fan blowing on the bottom of the strainers and pass the beans back and forth until cool. Let them sit in a storage container. I use a glass sealed container to save the freshness.
In the morning I use 3 tablespoons of beans and grind them. Then proceed to make coffee like normal.
I am telling that this is addicting! I love getting samples and got a breakfast blend for free and tried it one day when I ran out of my own. It tasted just like licking an ashtray. Now I don’t really think I would have thought that way before, but nothing beats roasting your own.
I would suggest really researching before trying. Try small amounts at a time and be prepared for setting some time aside to do this weekly. Find a very good supplier with the best shipping terms. The next time I order I will order 25 pounds. Green beans age decently and can be stored in air tight containers for a decent length of time. If you do decide to roast your own, let me know how it goes and how you like it. Me? I’m stuck with it. I am totally addicted!