Now I’m not gonna lie: since I started working at the cafe I’ve become somewhat of a coffee expert. I can tell you the difference between a cappuccino and a latte. I know what makes an espresso an espresso. There’s a few other things I know, too. And equipped with that knowledge I decided to try roasting my own coffee beans at home.
Well, that actually may be somewhat of an embellishment. I tried roasting coffee beans at home because I found a website where you can order free samples and I just thought it looked cool. These little green guys are what I received in the mail.
Equipped with nothing more than a cast iron skillet and our pal, the internet, me and hubby went to work.
Heat the beans, keep them moving. Shake shake shake. They will be smoky and fragrant.
Partway through the cooking process, the beans are shedding their outer skin. It’s called chaff.
You will hear little cracking noises as the beans cry out for help. Don’t listen to them, just keep shaking them around for another minute. Be sure to take them off before they crack again, that means they cooked for too long.
Remove from heat and let them sit in a colander to cool. Allow the beans to rest for 24 hours to reach their peak potential. And that’s where our journey ends, because we’re letting them rest right now!
Have you ever heard of roasting your own beans? There’s a ton of sites online that sell them. Do you have any local places that offer them, also? If you decide to give this a try, this is the site that we used to figure out what the heck we were doing: How to Roast Green Coffee At Home.