Do you love your coffee fresh? If so, then roasting your very own green coffee beans at home, could be the best thing for your to do, and can be fun too.
On a personal level, we feel a great satisfaction in knowing the coffee we roast ourselves, tastes that good, and the fact that you have done this yourself just makes the whole process a little more rewarding, especially when you make a cup of coffee for family and friends and telling them you made that liquid gold in the pan!
Once you have mastered the roasting and cooling time, your coffee roasting technique will improve, as you can increase or reduce these specific times, depending on the taste you want to achieve.
What you need to roast your own coffee beans
Besides the most important ingredient which is green coffee beans, you will also need a good iron skillet or frying pan, along with a metal colander or baking tray, which is used to allow the beans to cool at the end.
First of all, you should pre-heat the pan to around 250 degrees, then add a good sized handful of beans. It’s always best to start with a smaller amount like this, as they will expand to twice the size. Leave the any lid off the pan so you can keep a close on on the color of the coffee beans.
Stir the beans around every 30 seconds. The beans will start to make a crackling sound and will also start to smoke a little after around 4 to 7 minutes. The sugars will begin to caramelize and the beans will begin to go a yellow color.
When the beans begin to make popping or cracking noises, keep a close eye on them as they start to turn brown.
If you want a smooth coffee, almost like tea, then you can stop immediately after the first set of cracks and pops, although if you want a better taste, leave a few minutes longer, so they become much darker.
Now you should listen out for the second pops/cracks, although will be a much quieter sound. The beans will start to a much darker brown, so be careful that they don’t burn. Leave around 30 seconds after the second crack for the best results, although you can determine this yourself as you do more in the future.
Take out of the pan and place on a tray, by stirring them around on the tray, you will help the cooling process take effect, as the beans will still be roasting even when removed from the pan. Ensure the beans are spread out in an even layer and then leave outside to cool for at least 30 mins, although this time can be extended depending on your own personal preference and taste as you experiment in the future.
Now you know how to roast coffee beans at home. Don’t be put off by this process if your coffee beans are not perfect first time, just keep adjusting the time you roast and the time you cool to generate a different taste. The stronger you want your coffee, the longer you roast (without burning the beans of course). So just experiment and you will eventually create the perfect roast unique to you and you only!