THE ART AND FUN OF HOME ROASTING
If I just had a coffee bean for every time someone asked me what is the PERFECT BEAN . The number of factors required to obtain a consistent bean from one source could fill a book. Coffee is an agricultural product that changes with weather, preparation, shipping, storage and a whole host of other factors. In order to regularly be able to produce a certain CUP you need to blend both coffees and roasts. This is where the fun really begins. Now you are not just taking the beans someone else has chosen and roasting them to your preferred roast profile, you are making blends that are your very own based on your unique coffee preferences.
We in the Specialty Coffee business look for 4 main things when cupping coffee. Number one, DEFECTS. This is simply flavors that have gotten into the beans that shouldnt be, re: ferment, musty, chemically and many other flavors that could have been picked up along the way to your cup. The three that concern your blending are: AROMA, BODY and ACIDITY the combinations of which give us the CUP. All of these are desired characteristics in a great cup of coffee and there are many coffees from single origin that have a very nice balance of all three. When you desire to build a better cup that is when you look for the characteristics you desire and fill your cup with them by blending.
Here is a great starting point: Costa Rica has, in my opinion, the most perfectly balanced coffee in the world with an aroma which is strong and delightful. Sumatra which also has very nice aroma, is known for its very heavy body and brings interesting flavors to your cup which are developed by the method of preparation at source. The most acidic coffees come from Ethiopia and add zip to your cup. I compare Ethiopians (I like the Yirgacheffe) to adding tobasco to chicken soup it gives just that little extra to brighten up the cup.
Always roast these coffees separately and change the proportions to suit your desired cup. Here is where I would start if you like dark roasted coffee. 40% French roasted Costa Rican (very hard bean, takes dark roast well), 40% Vienna/Full City roast Sumatra and 20% Cinnamon/City roast Ethiopian. Get your green beans here.
Buy a set of pyrex custard bowls to do your testing. After you have roasted, blended and ground the beans, put a heaping Tablespoon into a custard bowl, add 6 fl oz boiling water and investigate. Smell the aroma then with a spoon break the crust of coffee grounds floating on top. Catch the burst of aroma that explodes out of the cup when you break the crust. Strain the grounds out and taste by slurping off a spoon in order to spread the coffee across your palate (you may want to then spit it out, we do when cupping). You are looking for body and acidity making up the balance you desire for your personal cup. Keep notes as to what you find and how you grade each concoction. Do this often and you will learn tons about what makes up this nectar of the gods and easily be able to find the secret coffee that is your perfect cup.
Thirty year veteran in the Specialty Coffee Industry
|FRESH ROAST SR340
$149.00 after discount
This is the new larger capacity roaster from Fresh Beans.The Fresh
Roast SR340 is a larger version of the plus 8. It will roast twice the
capacity of the Plus8 and features a digital time display. The maximum
timer setting is 9.9 minutes.At any point during the roast time can be
added or subtracted in 6 second intervals by a tap on the button. The
timer can be overridden by pushing the cool button which will put the
unit into the 3 minute cool cycle. This is a simple to operate unit and
is a great value for the money. It will roast 4 scoops of beans, about
5 oz. of green coffee beans per roast. It is highly recommended that
when roasting multiple batches of beans to let the roaster cool for
20-30 minutes in between roasts. The Fresh Roast SR340 Coffee Bean
Roaster will give you unlimited possibilities for formulating your own
blends from our extensive selection of the finest quality green beans.
And your Fresh Roast SR340 Coffee Bean Roaster will roast coffee for
any type of coffee maker, including espresso machines. This machine
carries a manufacturer’s one-year limited warranty. For on-line manual,
replacement parts and roasting tips, see www.freshbeansinc.com.
Glassine-Lined Glossy White Gourmet Coffee Bean Bags
Clean, crisp bags that have the look to match the quality of your freshly roasted coffee beans. The glassine keeps the oxygen at bay and the beans fresh. Make your own label and they're perfect for gift-giving. These smart looking bags are 4 1/4 inches wide, 2 1/2 inches deep and 10 inchess high and easily hold a full pound of your freshly roasted coffee beans.
Price $.50 each
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(Get 15% off when your order totals $75 or more)
Roasting your own coffee beans at home is: EASY, FUN and produces the best coffee in the world at a fraction of what you would expect to pay.
All you need to roast your own coffee at home is: Coffee Beans (buy your green coffee beans from U-Roast-Em, we know you will enjoy them), an oven, cookie sheet, colander and an oven mitt. You can also use a skillet, a popcorn air popper, our FRESH ROAST coffee roaster or our new BLUE MOON POTTERY Roaster (see below).
Pre-heat your oven to 500 degrees F. Spread beans evenly one layer deep on a cookie sheet, airbake is best. Place sheet on the middle shelf of your pre-heated oven. In about 8-10 minutes, there should be a crackling noise along with smoke and an essence of burnt coffee. From this point the roast moves quickly, pay attention. 2-3 minutes after the crakling noise the coffee should be reaching the shade you like. When the beans reach your desired shade, quickly and carefully remove sheet from your oven and dump into the colander. Stirring with a wooden spoon will speed up the cooling. Over a sink, or outside, gently toss beans to remove chaff separated during the roasting process.
Once cool they are ready to grind and brew. A period of 4-5 hours rest will produce an even better cup of your favorite coffee.
Make sure you check out our coffee blending instructions to create a coffee blend that is uniquely you.
Home Roasting Starter Kit
1 Full Pound Colombian Supremo Green Beans
Guide to coffee blending
Instructions on building your own roaster
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Shipping included in price.
Perfect for the beginning home roaster!