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Wednesday, January 9, 2013
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I haven’t quite yet taken the plunge into buying green coffee beans to roast at home. But I have experimented a bit by pouring regular brown coffee beans bought at the local supermarket onto a pan and popping them into a 400 degree oven. I felt that the results were rather good. After grounding up some of the darkened beans and brewing up a cup, the end-product was generally quite satisfying. Once or twice I had over-darkened the beans such that the liquid end-product tasted mostly like tar. But there is a middle zone where the brew becomes more chary and robust but is still full of coffee flavor. Any sour notes are drowned out.

As a rough guildline, it would be good to get the beans that are being re-roasted out of the oven once you can hear them popping. Yes, you literally hear them popping. Pretty neat.

I haven’t had any great, deep or worldly thoughts to discuss (or attempt to discuss) lately; roasting coffee beans is about the best I can do right now. Perhaps I’m in an early-winter / post-holiday funk. Perhaps I need a good pick-me-up. Like a good cup of double-roasted coffee!!

(But wait — the more roasting, the less caffeine in coffee. So, my brain certainly won’t be kicked back into high gear by these wintertime coffee roasting experiments!)

◊   posted by Jim G @ 8:20 pm      

  1. Jim, I’ve drunk a *lot* of coffee in my life. (Have since quit cold turkey, but I tend to do that with food–eat it for years and then one day quit cold turkey. I digress.)

    But never did I roast coffee beans. Too much trouble for me. I drank whatever was available and somehow liked it. Early on I always put milk in it. Then one lent in the late 1950s I tho’t I’d “do something for lent” and switched to black coffee. Within a couple of weeks I found I liked black coffee just fine, and it was black coffee from then on. I realized that if one eats something for a while, one gets used to it and likes it.

    I say enjoy the roasting process you are doing, enjoy the drinking, and just enjoy the coffee. MCS

    Comment by Mary S. — January 10, 2013 @ 10:49 am

  2. Roasting your coffee at home is a fun!!! If you want to roast coffee at home, look for methods and instructions here:

    Comment by Pooja — June 4, 2013 @ 4:23 pm

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