Sunday, July 31, 2011

Roasting Coffee

Have you ever wanted to roast your own coffee? If you've ever tried the fresh-roasted kind, you know that it tastes and smells so good. My husband grew intrigued with the idea after learning that two of our friends have the same obscure hobby. So, to learn more about the process, we hosted a coffee roasting brunch on our balcony. It turns out there are several ways to do it.

First, you need to purchase your own raw beans. You can order them online from Sweet Maria's, for example. My husband tried roasting his own in a wok on our stovetop, which worked pretty well (instructions here).

One of our friends roasts his own using a heat gun (pictures 2 and 3).

Our other friend uses an old-school popcorn popper (fourth picture), which can be purchased on e-bay for about $20 (instructions here).

What do you think? Would you try it?

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