Coffee roasting and home coffee roasters

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So this is a new one for me, I’ve never reviewed coffee roasters before. I dont actually own one although have had the chance to use some commercial ones while working as a barista as well as some domestic ones which a couple of companies were good enough to let me try out and review. However, due to my hectic life I never got around to writing a review about coffee roasters. So here goes…..bear with me.

This article will review home coffee roasters. It wouldn’y be of muh interest for the varage reader if I were to review commercial coffee roasters.

 

The importance of freshly roasted coffee

I regularly visit and highly recommend a shop in Bristol (fantastic city) called TwoDay Coffee Roasters.  They believe in not only quality of beans but also freshness of the coffee. Go there and they will roast green beans directly in front of you, as well as give you a cheeky espresso from freshly said freshly roasted coffee beans. Never should the beans you use have bean roasted from fresh for longer than two days.

 

This can however be impractical, time consuming and not to mention expensive for your average person who likes a good cup of coffee but doesn’t have the time or inclination to be hunting around for great freshly roasted beans.  Personally i find it very rewarding to know where the coffee I’m drnking has come from and to be involved in the process from bean to cup.

Green beans can be kept for a long time with loss much degradation or loss of quality.  They are spongey and not hard and dark brown like roasted beans. By the process of roasting – bringing to a very high temperature and cooled down again quickly – chemical changes take place and moisture is drawn out. They now resemble the bean that we all know and love – dark brown and with a beautifully rich coffee smell.  Although some may disagree and suggest beans need a couple of days to degas (for CO2 to leave the bean) other will argue that the sooner coffee is consumed after roasting the better.

Personally I believe that coffee can be consumed too soon after roasting. From personal experience the optimum time is probably 4 to 10 days after roast. This allows the beans some time to degas and lose CO2 but not enough time to allow them to go stale although this may depend on many factors; the bean, the roast, and even the brewing method. It’s about finding what works for you. The more you drink coffee and are involved in the process of buy green beans, roasting, grinding, and using different brewing methods the more you’ll get to know how coffee should be drunk.

 

There’s a fine balance between oxidisation and degassing

 

Keep in a cool dry place

 

Buying a home coffee roaster

As with most things coffee there’s a huge choice when it comes to buying a home coffee roaster and you can spend anything from £30 for one you heat on your stove to £1000 or more for really good machine.

 

Stove top coffee roasters

Nuvo Handy Coffee Bean Roaster
The Nuvo Eco Ceramic Handy Coffee Bean Roaster

It’s fairly obvious that roasting coffee isnt a new process. People have been doing it for an age and they didnt always have electric or motorised machines. Nope, people use to use fire to roast coffee and while it might not be as quick or as convenient it’s still a fantastic way to roast your beans.Stove top roasters are great way for those on a smaller budget. or those who maybe new to home roasting, to get started.  You can buy them dirt cheap from companies such as amazon, generally starting at around the £30 mark. These are great tools to have, even if you do have an electric roaster.

If you want to spend more money then there’s a plethora of roasters to choose from. These really bring home roasting, or micro-roasting as it’s come to be known, to the fore. They enable you to roast more beans than a hand roaster, with less effort, and most importantly the right machine will roast really well.

 

 

 

 

 

Home coffee roasting

There are various ways to roast coffee at home, the most obvious being to buy a home coffee roaster.

Other methods of home coffee roasting

There are other methods of roasting coffee at home. Most aren’t anywhere near as good as a made-for-purpose coffee roaster but they will still do the job. Pan roasting is one such method with the benefit of not having to fork out your hard earned cash on more equipment.
Home coffee roasting in a pan

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