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Friday, January 21, 2011

Newby - Home Coffee Roaster

Just arrived .. green coffee beans (pic by Mrs. Mac)
Here's what green coffee beans look like (pic by Mrs. Mac)
Our shipment of green coffee beans arrived this week.  We purchased beans grown organically in Bolivia for $4.99 a pound, including shipping.  They have a AA rating.  Being a newby roaster, I still have much to learn about the process.  It is rather exciting to roast beans at home .. and the more often you do it .. the better you are able to judge how well they are roasted.

Make sure your skillet harbors no previous cooking flavors :) (pic by Mrs. Mac)

I am using a big black cast iron skillet on top of the stove and have my exhaust fan turned on high to remove the smoke.  Some people use pop corn poppers .. others use bread machines with heat guns (used for paint removal) .. I'm using a method surely used by my great grandparents.  So far .. so good.

The beans start turning color and the skins pop as moisture is released (pic by Mrs. Mac)
And I must admit that this particular organic-fair trade coffee is good .. yes .. I'm still limiting myself to a cup a day .. with no problems .. which is rather hard to do ;)

Once the beans are roasted, it's important to remove them from the pan to cool .. and to remove the chaff.  Transferring them between two colanders in a breeze outside (or using a blow dryer) removes the chaff.  Now you must wait about 24 hours for the full flavor to develop (the hard part;)

So far .. the family gives a big thumbs up for the process .. and the outcome .. I roast only enough for one week's worth of coffee, storing the beans in an airtight glass jar .. once they have developed their flavor after resting 24 hours.  I thank my friend Maria for sharing her coffee roasting venture.

Invalsa Coffee Company
How to Roast Coffee At Home
How to Store Green Coffee Beans (prior to roasting)
Why Organic & Fair Trade Coffee?
Fair Trade Coffee

It took about 20 minutes for the beans to roast .. (pic by Mrs. Mac)


Lynda said...

Oh Boy! Another thing I MUST try! I can't wait...thanks!

Maria Stahl said...

Yayyyyy! I'm glad the family approves. I love the way the house smells after I roast.

Cabbage Tree Farm said...

Those beans look delicious and I can only imagine the gorgeous smell!

I had no idea you could roast them like this, thought it required special equipment. Thanks for sharing.

meemsnyc said...

Oooooh ahhhh, this is SO cool! Love it. I had no idea you could roast on a skillet.

Mr. H. said...

Well you are the only person I know of that does this, how neat. Thanks for the links.

Anonymous said...

Amazing! Can you tell me how high you have the heat, how long the roasting takes and do they need to be stirred frequently? This looks like a rewarding thing to try.

I have been enjoying your blog for some time now. Thank you for taking the time to document your journey.

Blessings, Sally

Mrs. Mac said...

I think the link above 'how to roast coffee at home' is fairly good. I'm so new to this process that I'm still learning. For example .. you must let the beans sit out (not in a jar) the first day after roasting. I put them in a mason jar with a lid .. and boy .. they were acidic. Airing them out is a must .. and it really does take away the acid. After sitting out for 24 hours .. the beans can be stored in an airtight jar .. grinding just before use. My cast iron skillet is screeching hot when I put the beans in .. then I turn it down just a little after they start browning .. and stirring them pretty much constantly. I may try a stove top pop corn pan one of these days .. but for now the cast iron skillet is what I use.

Maria Stahl said...

I leave mine out just overnight before closing it up and that seems to be enough.

Laurie said...

Going to have to try this! Do you know how long the green beans will keep?

Mrs. Mac said...

Laurie .. here's a link (also at the end of above post http://www.ehow.com/how_4747817_store-green-coffee-beans.html

that mentions storing them in breathable sacks for weeks or months. The ten pounds we purchased will probably last about three months .. but if stored properly, they should last longer. A cool, dark, low humid spot is ideal. Our green beans were shipped in a food grade burlap sack.