Get the True Flavor of Fresh Roasted Coffee Beans With a Popcorn Popper

Roasted Coffee Beans Give You True Flavor

Whether you’ve considered making your own roasted coffee beans or you simply want to be able to buy truly fresh beans, some simple facts about coffee can help you choose the best beans and end up with the best coffee you’ve ever had.

The raw coffee beans start out green and then roasted and ground to give you the coffee that most of us are familiar with. Ground coffee in a vacuum sealed bag or an air tight canister is the way most of use purchase our coffee. You would figure that since the coffee is in a vacuum container that it will last forever. Actually coffee has a relatively short life compared to most products and canned foods we eat.

Has this ever happened to you? You buy some coffee and brew it and it really taste great. The next time you buy that exact same coffee and find it doesn’t taste all that good. This happens all the time to some of these smaller grocery stores that do not rotate their stock as often as the larger chain stores. What you have done is gotten hold of some old coffee and it probably has gone stale. Stale coffee has a bitter taste because the oil in the beans or grounds may have gone rancid.

To avoid bad coffee you may chose to roast your own coffee starting with green coffee beans you purchase locally from a specialty grocery store or online. Roast only what you plan to use in a week and your sure to have fresh coffee every time. You can purchase a roaster for around $150 and some people even use several other ways to roast coffee beans at home such as in the oven, in a skillet or using an air popcorn popper.

Only some of the air poppers are suitable for use as a coffee bean roaster. Take and look down into the barrel of the machine, you should see that the hot air enters the chamber from side vents and not from a grate in the bottom. Chaff may accumulate on the bottom of the popping container and could present a fire hazard..

Using a popcorn popper may take a little practice but once you get your process down you will be able to have fresh roasted coffee daily.

To get started with your 1st batch of roasted coffee using your popcorn popper:

1. Make sure you’re working in a well-lit and well-ventilated area.

2. Watch the beans to determine when they are done to your liking.

3. Use as many beans as you would corn kernels, about a half cup depending on your popper.

4. Start up the popper, and make sure to have a bowl under the spout to catch dust and chaff.

5. After around 3 minutes, you’ll hear the first crack. About a minute after the 1st crack you will have a light roasted beans.

6. Another 2 minutes for darker roasts.

7. If you hear a second crack then your beans will start to burn about a minute later. Most people stop before the beans get to the 2nd crack.

8. Just watch the beans and when they get to the darkness you like stop the process. Much longer than 6 minutes total and you’ll have burned beans.


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