Sunday, 4 November 2012

Make your own coffee, The Theory

"Sleep is a symptom of caffeine deprivation" - Unknown Author

So by now you should realise that I really do love coffee. Some people might say its a problem but why fix something that isn't broken or something like that, right? Now I admit that I haven't done this yet but it has been on my list of things to do for quite a while now and I've posted about it in another blog. However it is incredibly easy to do and I think that it would be an excellent thing, for someone who is as crazy about coffee as me, to try. All you'll need is a Pop Corn Maker and about £10-30 to buy some raw coffee beans.

The Method Behind the Madness
Roasting your own coffee is relatively simple.  Just get your raw coffee beans (about 1/2 cup) and place them in your Pop Corn Maker, just like you would with popcorn, and turn it on. After about a minute you should already see the 'chaff' from the beans flying off. At about 3 minutes, the first crack appears. After another minute, you can begin to monitor the beans closely for the desired color and smell. The roasting times are as follows; 
  • 4 minutes for a light roast
  • 5 minutes for a full roast
  • 6.5 minutes for a dark roast
After roasting, coffee should be stored in an airtight container away from direct sunlight (but not in a fridge or freezer) however wait around 12 hours to seal a fresh roast as it needs to vent any C02. Freshly roasted coffee attains its peak taste after 4 to 24 hours and if stored correctly can be kept fresh for around 5 days.

This video should explain everything in greater detail.

Sadly I cant yet offer any tips or help on this as I haven't tried it. However, if anyone gets to try this before me, please feel free to leave a comment. I would love to hear how it turns out. 
But for now bros, carry on cooking!

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