How to Roast Coffee Beans at Home

By David Bryan

As people get pickier about there coffee, a recent trend gaining popularity is roasting coffee at home. I am often asked the question on how to roast coffee at home. To begin with, the process is not very hard and also not expensive, messy or time consuming. To start with you need green coffee bean. These can easily be purchased online or at a local retailer. If you are going to buy green coffee beans, make sure to buy high quality beans such as Costa Rican Tarrazu, Guatemalan Antigua or Colombian Supremo coffee beans. If you are going to do it, make sure you do it right and make it worth the effort.

The next item you will need is something to roast your green coffee beans in. The hottest inexpensive coffee roaster on the market is actually a hot air popcorn popper. These too can be found online at eBay or local department stores such as Target or Wal-Mart. The West Bend Poppery II and the Nostalgia Electrics are the most sought after models and usually sell for around forty dollars or less.

A few items you will also need are pot holders, a bowl to catch the chaff and a cookie sheet to pour the roasted beans out on. You also may consider a digital timer for timing your roast and a small scale to exactly measure each batch of green beans. You will also want to roast your coffee outside in a garage or anywhere that you do not mind chaff blowing around in.

It only takes about seven to 10 minutes to roast a half a cup of green coffee beans depending on how dark of roast you are wanting and the type of bean you are roasting. Immediately after roasting, you will want to pour out the freshly roasted beans on a cookie sheet and cooling them down as quickly as possible. You will also want to let roasted coffee beans air out to release the CO2 for about 4 to 24 hours. This ensures the best possible taste of the coffee bean. That is how you roast coffee beans at home in a nutshell.

Mr. Bryan is a master at roasting green coffee beans at home using a home coffee roaster made out of a hot air popcorn popper. Visit his home coffee roasting website at

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