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March 27, 2010
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Does anyone on here roast their own coffee beans?  I started doing my own about a month ago.  It is so good!  Much cheaper than Starbucks and tastes the same! Very easy to do, too.

March 27, 2010
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So, how do YOU do it, Cat?  I have heard about using a popcorn popper and various other methods, none of which sounded particularly appealing here.  But, it certainly sounds like a worthwhile venture!

Please, tell us more!  Like where does one buy the unroasted beans?

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March 28, 2010
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Yes, Cathy, how do you do that?!  (She is torturing us now, LOL.)

Clover made me do it.

March 28, 2010
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I agree, Suzanne, she is torturing us!!!  The hot air popcorn idea sounds interesting — I have one of those.  My kids love it.  Much more fun than microwave — but, it would be great if it were a multi-purpose machine!!

March 28, 2010
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I’ve heard about doing this in an iron skillet, but according to this site: http://www.sweetmarias.com/ins…..ctions.php that’s not a very good way, well, it works but there’s a learning curve where lots of beans get ruined doing it in an iron skillet.  There’s probably other good sites out there too.

Two other sites with what sounds like clear info on the topic:

http://www.ineedcoffee.com/05/beans/

Located in N.E. Ohio

March 28, 2010
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I think i deleted my response, ARGH. 

 

Roasting in an iron pan is how I do it, and it is not hard.  I think, like lard rendering, people tend to make it more complicated than it actually is.

 

I set my gas stove burner on 6.  I get my cast iron skillet hot and then add my grean coffee “peas” as they are called at this stage.  The trick is to keep them moving by stirring constantly.  Scorched beans are not good!  After about 15 minutes, they will be a golden color and you will hear them start to “crack”.  Keep moving them until you reach the level of roast you like.  I take mine to a chestnut color.  Which is probably a dark city or light french roast.  The neat thing is, you will have little bit of variety in the roast, some darker and some lighter, which gives it a really nice flavor.

 

There will be a layer of chaff coming off the beans as you roast.

Dump the roasted beans into a colander and take it outside.  Shake the beans in the colander to rememove the chaff and cool the beans.

Let the beans cool and place them in a jar, out of the light.  Once they have cooled, put the lid on the jar or cantainer.  The beans are best after about 12 hours, though some grind them sooner.  You will notice the aroma will be much stronger after a few hours. 

This is how our great grandparents made coffee!

You can order grean beans off ebay or try googling them.  It is cheaper.  The beans look small, but they expand as you roast them.  Green coffee peas keep for a long time.  It is only after they roast that they loose freshness, so go ahead and order a lot! 

I only ruined one pan full because I did not realise I had to keep stirring (failed to read the directions well.)

Have fun!

 

There will be a little bit of smoke, but not bad.  Just turn on your overhead vent.  It isn’t smoke like burning food, not as smokey, lol. 

March 28, 2010
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Here is a color chart.  Don’t worry about all the stuff they say on here, it is quite simple.  Just use the chart to give yourself an idea of what it should look like.  I don’t even worry about the “second” round of cracking.  I go by the color I like.  It will be sometime after you first hear the cracking begin- kind of like popcorn cracking, but it will not jump around in the pan like popcorn.

 

http://www.sweetmarias.com/roasting-VisualGuideV2.php
 

Here is another good link where they keep it simple..

 

http://mealplanningmommies.blo…..beans.html

 

If you can make lard, you can certainly do this!  lol.

March 28, 2010
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March 28, 2010
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Great info, Cat!  Thank you so much for sharing it with us.    Yes

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March 28, 2010
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I think Suzanne could do a great tutorial with pictures… there is not a really great, keep it simple, step by step link to home roasting, that I have found….

March 28, 2010
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Wow, thank you for that info, Cathy!  You should be the one with the blog!  I’m starting to think you know how to do Everything!  Thank you so much for sharing.

Clover made me do it.

March 28, 2010
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No way.  Your blog inspires me to try more. You have such a gift for simplifying, explaining and inviting us all to try new things (and learning how to do old things!)  I would never have known about the coffee thing, but for the famer I get my cow share from.  Try this out, Suzanne.  It tastes so good!  You can find green beans on ebay for as little as 3 dollars a pound…

March 29, 2010
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To some, $3/pound may sound expensive……but in this area, my store bought already ground coffee is about $9 for a not quite 2 pound container!  and I’m sure I wouldn’t use as much grounds to make a pot of coffee of fresh roasted ground as I do now!……..and until this very minute that I went to look, I thought those were 3 pound containers!!!! Bug Eyed  When did they start making them smaller???!!!!!  So I really see this as cheaper and better tasting!

But you do lose about 20% of the weight when roasting, so you’ll only end up

with about 13 ounces of roasted out of a pound of green.

AND it would be a great gift to a coffee lover!

Thank you, Cathy!!!  That’s why I love this board so much………EVERYONE has so many great ideas!

“Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won’t have time to make them all yourself.”  ― Alfred Sheinwold

March 29, 2010
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Much cheaper than Starbucks, lol.  That is the price down state, too.  Unground beans are that price for a lb.  I like knowing how to do it.  Even if it is just to have some for special occasions or when you feel like having a really good cup of coffee!  I like that the green beans keep a long time, so you can have really fresh coffee when ever you like.

March 29, 2010
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There is something so very civilized about making a production over the making of a pot of coffee or tea!  I just like the idea so much!!

What a great excuse for a party – y’all come on over and we will roast some coffee.  Happy Flower

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March 29, 2010
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It could be a nice gift idea for Christmas, etc.  A mug, home roasted beans and cookies!

March 29, 2010
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Lots of great possiblities, Cat!   Sun

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April 1, 2010
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I ordered some green beans today!  I should have them in about 5 days…….so in about 6 days I will report on how my experience was!

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Hurray, Cindy!  Meanwhile, I have a line on a potential local source for us, at least in small quantity – enough to try anyway before ordering a bunch somewhere.  Won’t know until next week, though.

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I hope you love it as much as I do!

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