If you compare wine-making at home and roasting coffee beans, the latter is easier and gives far better, even excellent, results if you know how to roast coffee beans at home.
There are several models of coffee bean roaster available in the market, but the good news is, you can do the coffee bean roasting at home even without any special roasting equipment. You can do it with the use of a simple popcorn maker or even using your good old frying pan. The important thing is, the apparatus you are going to use must be very clean. Nothing is worse than having that taste of fish or butter in your coffee!
How to Roast Coffee Beans?
First stop is to get coffee beans that are of good quality. And when you do start roasting, darker roasts contain less caffeine compared to lightly roasted ones and not as acidic as the latter, too.
The ideal heat for roasting your beans is between 223 degrees to 262 degrees Celsius. Roasting results in a lot of smoke, so make sure your kitchen is properly ventilated by using a fan or the exhaust of your stove. No odor comes out of the beans as they are roasted, but to be sure, just open your windows widely and make sure you inform the whole household about your intention. Better yet, do it when you have the whole house to yourself. Do not forget to turn off any smoke detectors in your house, too.
Put your beans into your coffee bean roaster – might be espresso – then turn up the heat. Some roasters have fitted thermometers on them for you to gauge the right temperature for your beans. A portable thermometer, like a candy thermometer, is the best one to use if you are using a frying pan to roast your beans.
When to Stop Roasting the Coffee Beans?
As you roast, you will notice that the beans will change color, turning into a yellowish tinge, then later on to brown. How dark they will go depends on you.
Eventually, the beans will start to release oil and water the longer they are subjected to the heat. They will also start to crack loudly like pop-corns. This is quite normal. To make sure that all beans are roasted perfectly and evenly, stir them continuously once in … Read the rest