How To: Roast Your Own Coffee Beans at Home

How To: Roast Your Coffee Beans at Home

Whether you’re a coffee professional who knows and prefers their blonde roasts to their dark roasts, or you’re a Java Novice who just wants to see the roasting process in front of their eyes – fear not!


Coffee Bean Roast Levels

As we already know from this article, there are various coffee bean roast levels – with the three most common types being light, medium and dark roast. When experimenting, an interesting idea might be to remove a third of your tray after 5 or so minutes, another third after 10 or so minutes and then allow for the last third of your tray to go on until it’s a dark roast. You’ll be able to grind and brew each roast level and judge from that which you truly enjoy most πŸ™‚


Roasting Coffee Beans at Home: Precautions

Always line the roasting pan with silver foil to avoid sticking or scalding of the coffee bean as well as absorption of oils from there beans into the tray. Remember to take the beans out and re-arrange or shuffle them every 5 minutes; not doing this could result in one side of a coffee bean being burnt while the other remains green. When the beans get to their first β€œcrack”, be wary of taking the tray out – some of the beans may still be getting up-to-heat and may crack in the open. This could hurt whoever the bean lands on due to the heat it retains.


How to Roast Coffee Beans at Home: In The Oven

This is the most popular home-roasting method for coffee beans. Watch the tutorial here.


How to Roast Coffee Beans at Home: In a Popcorn Maker

A little less conventional, but much quicker – watch the tutorial here.


How to Roast Coffee Beans at Home: In a Pan

A bit of both worlds – watch the tutorial here.


Coffee Bean Storage

So, now you’ve roasted your coffee beans, and chances are you’re not going to get through that while batch in time. Either store your coffee beans in a cool, dark place in an airtight container, or pre-grind your beans if you wish to use them in a filter coffee machine. Be sure to label the different roast levels and the bean’s origin, so that if you fall in love with your own roast – making it the next time won’t involve any guess work.


Home Roasted Coffee is Amazing

So you’re officially in love with your home-roasted coffee beans. You want to sell them to the world and spread your happiness. Who, calm down there. The amount of quality testing required on coffee beans spans longer than most people’s memories – so don’t go distributing just yet. Keep your jar of magic at home to share amongst friends and keep an eye out for something similar at your local coffee bean retailer.


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