Why Roast at Home?
For coffee lovers and do-it-yourselfers, roasting your own coffee at home can be a great way to get more involved in the coffee-making process, as well as a fun activity around the house.
Although a very simple process, home coffee roasting can create gourmet blends of coffee quickly and almost effortlessly. Roasting at home allows you to create a personal blend of your favorite coffee, giving you much greater control over the color and taste of your coffee beans and giving you a fun activity in the kitchen. Additionally, roasting your own coffee lets you experiment with different varieties of roasts and types of coffee. With a home roaster, you can try different things out and see which varieties of coffee suit you best.
Roasting coffee is also a fun process. It doesn’t take long, usually between 10 and 30 minutes depending on the amount of coffee you wish to roast. Spending 10 minutes in the morning to get a perfect roast of coffee also allows you to enjoy the freshest blend of coffee possible. Instead of the freeze-dried or vacuum-packed varieties of coffee which may have been roasted months earlier, you are able to enjoy a fresh batch of coffee beans in every cup.
Finally, roasting coffee is a great way to get gourmet blends and expensive coffee, but at a much lower price than if you were to buy it at a cafe or bistro. Because you are only working with green and uncooked coffee beans which are much cheaper than roasted blends, you can cut the amount of money you spend on coffee.
Types of Home Roasters:
There are a variety of personal coffee roasters and home coffee roasting kits available, most of which are very easy to use. Coffee roasters designed for the house are smaller than most roasters, so you should choose one that fits the amount of coffee you intend to use. The smallest coffee roasters can hold around 4 or 5 ounces of coffee beans. This is enough for about two 10-cup pots of coffee, perfect for single use. For those coffee lovers who would like to make larger batches or save their roasts for further use, larger home roasters come with volumes of up to a half a pound of coffee at a time.
Personal coffee roasters are also designed for ease of use. Some come with a viewing window, so that you can see the color and depth of the beans as you roast. Others have an auto-timer so that you can set the machine to the level you like best and then not have to worry about overcooking the beans. Because of the large variety of different roasts, many machines will have various settings, allowing the machine to make a deep roast or a light roast, according to your taste.
In addition, because they are designed for an indoor location, many home roasters also attempt to cut down on the amount of smoke that is released while roasting. The smaller the coffee roaster, the less smoke that will be produced, and some top-level roasters are almost completely silent and odorless. However, because roasting does produce some smoke, it is advised that you roast near an open window. The smell of the coffee is very pleasant, but it can linger a long time.
How to Roast:
Most home coffee roasters are designed for simplicity, allowing untrained users to roast their own coffee beans and experiment with a variety of blends and dark or light roasts.
To begin using your home coffee roaster, you must start by using green coffee beans. These unroasted beans are much cheaper than roasted beans, and can be found at many grocers or bulk foods stores, or in organic food shops. Using the unroasted beans, simply fill the coffee roaster with the amount you wish to roast, and then turn on the machine. You can watch as the roaster begins to turn and blow air among the beans, keeping the flow of air up to avoid hot spots or uneven roasting. As the beans roast, chaff, the skin of the bean, will be released. It is not used when making coffee.
To try different types of roasts, simply change the amount of time and temperature that the beans are roasted at. You can experiment with lighter or darker roasts, all with the same machine. When the beans are done, let them cool for a while before grinding them. Then enjoy making coffee with your very own home-roasted beans!To try different