Roast and Brew

What’s better than a fresh cup of roasted coffee to get your day started? Home roasting ensures that your coffee is as fresh as possible, and the roast is as light or dark as you prefer.

Choose green beans that are uniform in size and color. This ensures an even and consistent roast and flavor. Getting these two elements correct – color and size – is vital to avoid producing coffee with an inconsistent and unfavorable flavor.​

What you’ll need:

  • Air Popcorn Popper.
  • Two metal mesh colanders.
  • Bowl or other container to place in front of the popper
  • Oven mitt
  • Airtight container
  • 1/2 cup raw green coffee beans.

Step 1: Measure out 1/2 cup green coffee beans and pour them into the popper where you would normally pour the popcorn kernels.

Step 2: Turn on the air popper. Place the bowl in front of the machine where the popped popcorn would exit, to catch the chaff. Watch the beans swirling around in the machine. They are not going to pop out the way popcorn would. In a few minutes, as the machine heats up, you’ll see the beans turning brown. Next, you’ll hear the beans starting to making a cracking sound. At the first crack, this will produce a light roast. The longer you let the beans roast from this point on, the darker the roast you will achieve. You will hear the beans pop like popcorn for several seconds. Then the sound will taper off. The next stage is when the beans start to sound more like Rice Krispies crackling in milk. This is called the “second crack” and signals that you have reached what is called a dark roast.

Step 3: The minute you have reached your desired roast, turn off the air popper very quickly and pour the beans out of the popper into one of the colanders.

Step 5: Place the beans in a container that has a tight-fitting lid. However, do not apply the lid at this time. Freshly roasted beans must be allowed to “de-gas” for at least two hours, up to overnight, to achieve their full coffee flavor.

Steps by Mary Hunt of Every Day Cheapskate