Roasting Your Own Coffee

Valeree Dunbar

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@Valeree

It all started when my friend Julie told me she’s going to start roasting her own coffee beans in her kitchen. In a popcorn popper. Yes, I said a popcorn popper! So we spent the day together trying this out. Cut the high cost of quality coffee by at least half. That was enough to get my attention.
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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Prep:

5 Min

Cook:

5 Min

Method:

No-Cook or Other

Ingredients

2 lb
green coffee beans
"whirley pop" popcorn popper
candy thermometer
colander

Directions Step-By-Step

1
preheated 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).
2
dark 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.
3
Dump 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.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Hot Drinks
Main Ingredient: Coffee/Tea/Beverage
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy