The smell of freshly roasted coffee beans first thing in the morning is something you can experience at home without spending a fortune on expensive equipment.
The best coffee taste is that made from freshly roasted coffee beans that have been ground just before brewing.
You will need to buy green coffee beans and these are readily available from many online and offline stores. Buying in bulk will save you money, and you could be making a delicious espresso for a fraction of the cost of those sold in coffee shops.
Next you will need a roaster. You can get stove top roasters that require you to stir the beans about every 30 seconds. They have a handle with a crank that lets you stir the coffee beans to get an even roasting. The pan is covered over by a lid to keep the heat inside, and it’s vital to keep the beans moving. This stops them from burning and keeps the hot air circulating evenly in the pan.
You can roast coffee beans in a frying pan or skillet, but you may not get a very good result. You won’t get an even roast and you have to continually keep the beans moving.
You will get quite a lot of smoke if you use a frying pan, so it’s a good idea to keep the windows and doors open for ventilation. As you’re stirring the beans you will see them turning darker, through yellow to golden brown and then dark brown. As they darken they will become oily.
As the beans get hot and start roasting the skins fall off. These discarded skins are known as chaff, and can make a mess on your work surface when you take them out of the pan. You will hear a popping or cracking sound as the beans start to roast and shed their skins.
When you’ve finished roasting your beans take them off the heat and put them in a sieve or colander. Cool them down as quickly as possible.
You are going to need a grinder and these can be bought fairly cheaply for as little as $17. The best type is a burr grinder, and you can usually adjust the coarseness of the grounds. Blade grinders just slice through the beans and you will get an inconsistency in coarseness. Burr grinders also preserve the delicate oils, flavour and aroma.
Use an espresso or filter machine to make a delicious cup of coffee from your freshly ground beans. You can get a french press coffee maker very cheaply, or even use a mug with a conical filter that sits on top.
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