How to Roast Coffee
Beans using a Popcorn Popper as a Roaster
roast coffee beans in 4 easy steps. It's dead easy – all you
need is a popcorn
popper and a bag of green coffee beans. Who needs coffee roasters?! Not
only is it easy, but it is also much
cheaper than the processed beans from your favorite coffee store.
Basic economics always centers round
supply and demand. Think how expensive coffee is. That is because many
people want it, and the price therefore goes up. Now think about how
many people know how to roast their own coffee beans, and buy green,
unroasted beans that you see at your local supermarket or coffee house.
Not too many?
Well, if you have never compared the
price between roasted and unroasted beans you are in for a big
surprise! Green beans can be 20% -50% cheaper! However, many people are
put off roasting coffee beans because they either don't have a coffee
roaster, or because they find that coffee roasters are really too
expensive. Well, think
again! You can roast your own coffee beans, all it takes is a little
imagination and a popcorn popper to turn those green beans into a light
roast or dark roast, depending on your personal taste.
First of all, as mentioned, you will
need a popcorn popper. If you are like our household, our popcorn
popper sat on the bench top was used once or twice, before the novelty
wore off, and we resorted back to using the old pan. Well now your
popcorn popper can get a makeover for a far more worthy and useful
function – to roast your own coffee beans. So, how exactly is it done?
In 4 short steps as seen below.
Step-by-Step Instructions on How to Roast Coffee Beans
to Roast Coffee Beans
First, place about 3oz
(75-85g) of green coffee
beans into your
popcorn popper in order to keep the beans at a high heat. Too
many beans will end up lowering the temperature and not roasting
For those of
you who like a light roast, keep the popcorn popper on for 5-6
For those of you who like a darker
roast you will need to keep those coffee
beans in there for 7-8 minutes. It might take you a couple of goes to
see which roast you prefer.
How to Roast
Nowlisten for the
snap, crackle, pop! While you are
roasting your coffee beans they will crack just like your popcorn, so
don’t be alarmed at the sound! They will in fact crack twice; the first
time they crack is when you put them in and then after a little bit of
will crack again, but not as loudly as the first time.
The second crack
usually comes after the beans have been in the popcorn popper for about
How to Roast
Now cool down your beans. Cooling down
quickly, so that they don’t carry on cooking is a very important part
of the process. To do this well, have two light containers ready that
are of equal size and have a fan or an air-conditioner going.
Now place the beans from the popcorn
popper into one container, lifting it up high in front of the fan or
A/C let the beans drop into the other container that you have beneath
to catch the beans.
Repeat the process until the beans are
cool to the
touch. If the weather is cold or it is blowing a cold wind, this
process could be done outside. Just don't drop the beans!
How to Roast
The last step in the process is that
you need to rest your beans to get rid of any gas
that may still be present. Leave your beans to rest out on the kitchen
counter away from steam or moisture for about a week.
After the week and the short drying
process you can go ahead and grind your beans whenever you want to
a cuppa, and take satisfaction in the fact that you have roasted coffee
with your own fair hands! Enjoy!
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