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One of the things we like to do ourselves is roast coffee.  Green coffee beans can sometimes be challenging to find, but here in San Francisco, we just drive over the Bay Bridge to Sweet Maria’s and get green beans from them.

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This last week, we ordered the sample pack.  This got us 8 pound bags of green beans.  Peter and I have different tastes in coffee.  He tends to like the ones from South America more, and I like the North African beans a bit better.  As a result, we like to get a variety.

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In this sampler that we picked up, we got some Ethiopian, some Aribica, some Honduran, some Brazillian, some from Panama, some Guatemalan, some Rwandan, and some Sumatra green beans.

Peter and I use an iRoast 2 to roast our beans, but we first started out with a popcorn popper.  It worked well, but we ended up roasting so frequently, that it was just nice to have an actual roaster.

We roast coffee beans about every three or four days and we roast about one cup of green beans at a time.

When you roast coffee beans, the beans expand and “crack”.  They crack twice, actually, steps called “first crack” and “second crack”.  When the beans crack, they release their coating called “chaff”.  The chaff is really annoying because it gets everywhere in the kitchen if you don’t have a way of collecting it.  When we used to use an air popper, we would just point the vent out the window and the chaff would blow away, but then the popcorn popper jumped out the window once.  That was sad.

The iRoast has a lid on it that collects the chaff so that it doesn’t cover our kitchen in stuff.  Much nicer.

I roasted some of the Ethiopian beans on Friday morning (the process takes about ten minutes) to about a medium roast.

{Comparison of Green Beans vs Roasted Beans.  Photo by Me.}

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You can see that the roasted coffee bean is a little bigger.

The end result?  Freshly roasted coffee is delicious and Peter and I like to do things our selves.  And we both really, really like coffee.

Want to try roasting coffee?  It’s fun and easy.  And no, it won’t make your popcorn taste like coffee.  I promise.  Check out coffee geek for a good tutorial.  Do it at your own risk, though.  Using things that they weren’t meant for can lead to their destruction.  Good thing popcorn poppers aren’t very expensive!