With the increased popularity of various coffee drinks since the coffee house boom of the late 90s, many people now not only brew their own coffee at home, but roast it too! There are many coffee roasters on the market which make the coffee roasting process very easy. Those without a proper coffee roaster can try out the process using a hot air popcorn popper. Those who use this method should start roasting with the popcorn popper and watch for what is known in the coffee roasting world as “the first crack.” After the coffee beans are roasted, they should be allowed to let cool for 24 hours before they are used to brew coffee.
Many people who wish to roast their own coffee actually make the move to owning a coffee roaster. It is important to find a good roaster because with the perfect roast a cup of coffee can taste amazing. If the beans have been roasted too long, the coffee can taste burnt. The most important part about roasting beans is timing. It’s extremely important to keep an eye on the beans so that they do not burn and can be removed when they reach the perfect roast. Those who are new to roasting should consider getting a fluid bed which allows them to watch the beans as it is made of clear glass canisters. The perfect roast can be achieved through trial and error. After a while those new to roasting will be able to tell when their coffee beans have achieved the perfect roast.
There are two main types of roasters available on the market. Fluid bed roasters (also known as air roasters) are one type. The other type is drum roasters. Each type performs the basic function of roasting the beans, but it’s important for those looking to buy a roaster to understand the different ways in which the two types of roasters. Regardless of the type of roaster chosen, roasting coffee at home can save money and give way to better tasting coffee.