It doesn’t matter how you brew your coffee because one thing is true about coffee when it comes to taste: How good or bad your coffee taste will depend on the quality of the beans your coffee was made from. Coffee beans are at their best when they are a week old. Unfortunately, when you pick coffee beans up from your local supermarket, those coffee beans have been on the shelf for weeks or months.
There is an alternative. You can roast coffee beans from your house and it’s easier then most people think. So read on if you’re asking: How to roast coffee beans at home?
Your first item to purchase will be a few pounds of coffee beans that are raw. If you’re not sure what to look for, try to find beans that are smaller then roasted beans and are green in appearance. If a coffee shop in your city roasts beans, you might be able to get some there, otherwise, you will have to order some off the internet.
When you are trying to decide, remember roasted beans weigh half of what they do when they are raw. So when you decide on how many roasted beans you want, purchase double that amount. Just be aware that different beans have different flavors so make sure you have beans that will offer a taste you will be happy with.
Commercial coffee companies have enormous roasters to make a lot of coffee. While you could buy roasters for about $150 that fit on your countertop, you could do without it if you have a popcorn popper. The reason a popcorn popper will work is that the next step is to warm up the coffee beans to a temperature that is higher than 450 degrees. The popcorn popper does that to kernels to make popcorn. Even if you don’t have a popcorn popper in your house, you could also get by if you have a metal mixing bowl with a heat gun, a Whirley-pop or a cast-iron skillet.
Besides what you’ll be using to warm up the coffee beans, it’s best to have a wooden spoon that you’ll be able to stir the beans with, oven mitts and a couple of metal bowls because you will need them before the process is finished.
Another advantage to handle the roasting yourself is you get to decide how much caffeine will be in the coffee and how strong the taste will be. The next step is to pour the beans into whatever you will be using to cook them, turn up the heat and stir the beans. It’s during this process where the beans will change from green to brown. When the coffee beans are brown, you will hear a sound that will be similar to the popping of popcorn. When you hear that sound, that’s when you should see the husk of the bean and it should remove itself from the popcorn popper. If you are using something else to roast the beans, you can blow the husk off when it reaches the top.
Depending on how much caffeine you like and how light you like your coffee is the deciding factor of when to remove the beans from what you are using to roast them. If you like a city roast then it’s time to remove the beans but if you are a fan of French or Viennese roast then you can leave the beans in for a few minutes longer.
When the beans have been roasted to your preference, you will want to transfer the beans from where they were heated to a cookie sheet You could also pour the beans out repeatedly from one metal bowl to the other. The beans will need to cool for a few hours.
After the beans have cooled, you will want to pour the beans into an airtight container. You will want to leave the lid loose for the first day or two, otherwise, the lid might blow off because the beans will be getting rid of their carbon dioxide. After the beans have gotten rid of their gas, they will need another day or two before they are ground and brewed. After you have waited those days, you will want to use them within the next five days afterward to have the freshest coffee possible.
The steps above are how to roast coffee beans at home. Above states everything you need along with the entire process and you might end up making the freshest cup of coffee you ever had.