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Ahhh. . . coffee! July 28, 2006

Posted by Michael McVey in Online Tools.
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We migrated the following entry from our family blog because of heavy demand. Enjoy.

Along the lines of “How to make a dirty dog” we bring you “How to roast your own coffee beans.” We recently learned this rather easy process and wanted to share it with you.

Step 1

I purchased green coffee beans from www.u-roast-em.com. They come in 1, 5 and 25 # bags. I bought a variety of 1# bags to experiment with.

Step 2

Measure out about 1/2 cup of green coffee beans. They double in size during roasting.

Step 3

Pour the green coffee beans into a popcorn popper for roasting. I used a West Bend Poppery II model purchased on Ebay for $20 (that included shipping.) They don’t manufacture them anymore, but there are plenty available second hand. This is the preferred model according to the experts. You can also roast them in the oven or in a regular old stovetop skillet.

Step 4

Green coffee beans are ready for roasting in the popcorn popper. Turn on the popcorn popper, open a window and turn on an exhaust fan. This process creates a lot of smoke, which we discovered when the smoke alarm went off!

Step 5

The chaff (stuff covering the bean) is expelled during roasting. After you hear the first “crack” you have a light, “City” roast. Just as the 2nd “crack” starts (it’s more like a crackle) you have a darker, “Full City” or “Vienna” roast. After the 2nd “crack” has finished and the beans turn quite dark and a little oily you have a “French” roast. Once the beans are almost black and very oily you have an “Italian” or “Espresso” roast.

Step 6

Cool the freshly roasted beans by stirring in a colander. Be sure to keep the beans moving until they cool as they will continue to roast if they are not cooled immediately. Do not brew right away. Let the beans sit for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight. We roast in the afternoon the beans we will use the next morning.

Step 7

Grind the beans in a coffee grinder in the morning and, for the best cup of coffee, we suggest brewing in a French press. They are cheap, don’t use any electricity and make an excellent cup of coffee. It is stronger coffee, though, so if you don’t like it strong, use fewer beans or grind the beans for less time to have larger grounds.

Step 8

Enjoy a cup of fresh roasted coffee and then tell all your friends and family about it through your blog!

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