Roasting Your Own Coffee
I learned I could roast “green” coffee beans (half the price of commercially roasted beans) in a frying pan although that is not the most desirable. So using an old fashion popcorn popper really did the job and it was fun too.
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- 2 lb
- green coffee beans
- "whirley pop" popcorn popper
- candy thermometer
1preheated the popper to 400 F then dumped the green coffee beans into the roast chamber. turn the crank immediately and continued at a steady pace (one revolution per second) until the roasting is complete. The roasting chamber cools as the green coffee beans absorbed the heat. When it reaches 350 F turn the heat down to medium-low and continued to roast until you achieve the desired roast color (light, medium or dark).
2dark roast would take from 9 to 11 minutes and through the “first crack.” Coffee beans “pop” as the moisture is released and sound a lot like popping corn.
3Dump the hot beans into a metal colander and swirl them gently to allow the heat to escape and to allow them to cool quickly. That’s it! Roasting complete.