You love coffee right? Of course you do or you wouldn't be on this page. Order some green coffee beans and we will help walk you through the home roasting process.
There are really only three steps on the way to roasting your own coffee.
There are lots of options for your first roasting experience. Fortunately the easiest ways to get started are also the cheapest.
The best way to get started (and the way I first started) is to use a Hot Air Popcorn Popper. Yes, believe it or not this is the cheapest and easiest way to get started and learn about roasting. You could also use a skillet, wok, stovetop popper or numerous other homemade methods. For our purposes I will discuss using the Hot Air Popcorn method.
You can purchase an air roasting starter kit from us here, or you can go to Walmart and pick up an air popper. Our kit will include some green coffee beans to get you started, or you can just order the green coffee from us here.
There are a few things you should be aware of before we discuss air poppers further.
With all of that out of the way, the poppers usually only cost about $12 to $30 at Walmart and work great for a new home roaster. For our guide to roasting with a Hot Air Popcorn Popper look here.
To help you get started we have a 4 pound sampler pack that includes a variety of our current offerings here. You can also view all of our current green coffee at this link.
As your coffee begins to heat it will go through several stages that you will want to be able to identify in order to know how long to roast. There are many things to watch, smell and listen for as you roast but these are the basic stages.
When removing your coffee from the roaster you will pour it into a colander or strainer to allow it to cool. Leaving beans in the roaster will keep them warm and the roasting process will continue until they cool. After your beans are cool let them sit for 12-24 hours in a loosely sealed container as the beans will continue to give off CO2. Coffee is best used with in 7 days of roasting (another reason to roast your own coffee or buy freshly roasted coffee). After 7 days the quality begins to degrade. However, it is also best to wait 24 to 48 hours to use your beans while they attain peak flavor after degassing.