Most of the coffee you drink is likely stale and oxidized… there I said it. After roasting the beans begin to break down immediately. Five or six days after roasting whole beans are oxidized. Three to four hours after grinding fresh beans, those grinds are oxidized. Brewed coffee only takes 20-30 minutes for the shift to happen. That horrible aftertaste from drinking coffee? That’s cause it’s oxidized! Fresh roasted coffee doesn’t leave your mouth tasting like garbage. It’s also packed with nutrients that degrade as the coffee oxidizes. You can absolutely source a local roaster to deliver fresh roasted coffee weekly to your door. I could never keep up with the subscription services and found myself wasting. If YOU are a coffee snob, and don’t mind a little smoke, then give it a try! Comment below and let me know how it turns out.
How to Roast Coffee Beans in Your Oven at Home
What you’ll need…
green coffee beans, organic, fair-trade, bird-friendly
pizza pan with small holes or any baking tray
colander or large mesh strainer
oven mitts or heat proof gloves
What to do…
1. Preheat oven to 460F (240 C)
2. Spread desired quantity of beans into a single layer in a donut shape; leaving the centre of the tray open ensures the beans all roast evenly.
3. Roast in the centre of the oven for 10-12 minutes. Listening for “second crack” to cue when they are almost done.
4. When beans are nearing desired doneness, remove them from the oven immediately. For light roast, beans around the perimeter darken and just start to become shiny. Medium roast, most of the beans around the perimeter are darkened and shiny. Dark roast, almost all the beans are dark brown and shiny. Burnt, the beans are black!
5. TURN ON ANY AND ALL VENTILATION FULL BLAST. OPEN DOORS & WINDOWS. IF THERE’S HELP, GET THEM FANNING THE SMOKE DETECTOR BEFORE THE OVEN OPENS!!
6. Transfer to colander placed over the large bowl. Gently massage the beans (with an oven mitt/glove) to break up the skin (chaff) on the beans.
7. Patiently sift off the chaff. Store beans in a container that will allow them to “de-gas” for 4-6 hours. After roasting the beans give off small amounts of CO2 which can pressurize a container. Let them de-gas then store in an air-tight container at room temperature in a cool dark place for 4-6 days.
Grind just before brewing. Drink just after brewing. Enjoy!!!
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