How to Roast Coffee at Home
Coffee lovers around the world have been grinding their own coffee beans for many years. It gives them a fresher cup of coffee than they would get from pre-ground beans. Recently a new trend has taken hold and people are learning how to roast coffee beans at home. This process allows them to roast their own beans to the exact level of darkness they desire and also allows more control over how fresh their roasted coffee beans are before they are used for brewing.
The first thing necessary in roasting coffee beans at home is a source of green coffee beans. Even before purchasing a coffee roaster or learning how to improvise without a roaster it is important to have a steady supply of green coffee beans. Without the green beans it is useless to have a coffee roaster or to learn how to roast coffee. Many coffee bean distributors will supply green coffee beans to individuals who want to roast their own coffee. There are also coffee plantations who will sell green coffee beans to individuals.The best way to find these sources is to perform an Internet search and then compare the various results until a reputable dealer is found that can consistently supply green coffee beans.
Next, a coffee roaster will be needed or an air popcorn popper can be used. There are various types of home coffee bean roasters available on the market. Using a popcorn popper that is air heated is also a good way to experiment with coffee roasting without having to invest in a coffee roaster. When it is time to purchase a coffee roaster, there are two types to choose from, the fluid bed roaster, also known as the air roaster, and the drum roaster. It is advantageous to understand the difference between the two before purchasing one. Home roasters are typically fluid bed roasters. These roasters are smaller and more compact than drum roasters. These roasters operate similar to popcorn poppers in that they operate on rotating hot air. Fluid bed roasters have timers which make them easier to use, especially for beginning roasters. These roasters do not require as much interaction on the part of the user as drum roasters do and they are much less expensive than drum roasters. However, fluid air roasters do not always have controls and the user must learn to identify when the coffee is ready. These roasters do not have long life spans if used on a regular basis.