How much do you spend buying your morning cup o’ joe every day? The costs soon start to add up and you may find your monthly caffeine budget is more than you expected! And worst part is that you aren’t always guaranteed to get a good brew every time. So why not switch up your morning routine and start roasting your own beans at home?Every coffee aficionado has thought about doing this at least once in their lives. After all, it’s a great way to ensure quality and save a little cash at the same time. Roasting your own coffee beans also opens you up to a whole new world of coffee blends. Your taste buds will thank you for it!No matter how particular you are about your coffee brewing methods, the finished cup will only be as tasty as the beans you started out with. Focusing on home roasts is a great way to ensure that you’re only consuming fresh, quality beans. There are many ways to do this at home, ranging from roasting in a popcorn maker to using a heat gun and metal bowl. Whatever the case, these 5 tips will help you roast your coffee beans right every time:
1. GET UNROASTED GREEN BEANS
The first step to creating the best home brew is to get quality, green unroasted coffee beans. These raw beans usually look like smaller, greener versions of the fully roasted ones. And don’t try to taste one! These green beans are rock hard and liable to crack your teeth. If you are close to a local shop that roasts their own beans, you may have some luck scoring the unroasted version from there. If not, there are plenty of reputable online sites to choose from. Keep in mind that coffee beans will increase in size once you roast them. They will also lose half of their weight. So, if you want one pound of roasted coffee beans, buy two pounds of the raw. Also, different coffee beans have their own subtle flavor profiles. It’s a good idea to do some research before buying to make sure that you get something you will like.
2. USE THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT
Commercial coffee companies use huge industrial roasters to churn out the black gold. Luckily for you, you don’t have to go for such expensive gear when roasting at home. After all, you will only be turning out small batches for personal use. If you want to, you can simply go out and buy a countertop roaster for a reasonable amount. But coffee lovers are an innovative bunch – there are a ton of ways to roast coffee beans at home with equipment that you already have. This includes items like a pan, grill, oven, or popcorn machine. Whatever the case, you want something that can heat up the beans to temperatures between 350F and 500F in a confined space.
3. ROAST LIKE A PRO
Depending on the temperature of your roaster, you have full control of how bold the flavor and strong the caffeine will be in your roasted beans. So read up to find the best roasting method for the kind of coffee that you prefer. As a general rule of thumb, you should always listen out for the “first crack” of the roasting coffee beans. This is when you will start seeing the chaff appear. It also indicates that the beans are almost done. In fact, those who prefer light roasts or more caffeine can stop here for a beautiful city roast. If not, hang on for a few minutes to get a French or Viennese roast.
4. COOL THEM
Once the beans are roasted to perfection, remove them from the heating element and let them cool down for a couple of hours. You can do this by simply laying them out on a baking sheet or between two metal strainers. Since the beans will be insanely hot, it pays to be careful during this process. You should also remove the chaff at this point.
5. STORE THEM RIGHT
Did you know that roasted coffee beans release carbon dioxide gas? This process can continue for weeks after roasting. While this gas helps to preserve the roasted beans naturally, too much of it can create a lot of crema. On the other hand, too little of it can lead to stale-tasting coffee. You need to find a happy medium by degassing the roasted beans. Do this by leaving them unsealed in any container for at least 12 hours. You’ll want to wait at least 24 hours before grinding and brewing your beans. This will help them reach a mature, full-bodied flavor. To ensure maximum freshness, make sure to use your home-roasted coffee beans within five days.
What do you think of this idea? Will you be roasting your own coffee at home? Have you already tried it? Let me know in the comments below and please share your tips if you’re already a home coffee-roasting pro!
And please do your own research on roasting coffee beans to make sure that you do it correctly and safely – I can’t be held responsible if something goes wrong at your end!