Coffee lovers, you no longer have to spend tons of cash at your organic grocery store or coffee shop to have the freshest, tastiest roasted beans waking you up in the morning. You can roast those bad boys all by yourself.
Really, it's not even that hard. And you'll have complete control over how light or dark your cup of joe's roast will be without a snooty barista judging you from behind the counter. (Yeah, I'm talking about you, mean Starbucks lady on my block.)
Everything you will need:
- large pot
- cooking thermometer
- wooden spoon
- paper towels
- cookie sheet
- glass jar(s)
- something to label the jar (like painter's tape)
- and, of course, your beans!
Heat your pot to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
While you're waiting, set up your strainer.
Once it's heated, add about a quarter or half of your bag of beans and stir constantly.
You'll also want to make sure you have a good fan on your stove, as this can get pretty smoky. Also make sure you're not working with too low a heat so you don't accidentally cook the beans, causing them to lose their flavor.
When the beans have roasted to your preference, toss 'em in the strainer.
They took it outside to help shake off all the excess chaff casings without having to worry about cleanup.
A paper towel will also help catch all the chaff still clinging to the beans.
Spread them out on a cookie sheet to finish cooling down.
When they're room temperature, funnel them into your glass jar.
Add a label with the date and type of bean to stay organized.
Then allow them to rest for at least 24 hours.
They're all set to grind up and French press to perfection! Or, y'know, whatever your brew preference might be. I'm still a fan of the electric percolator, myself.