Motivated by the article from Michael Allen Smith on ineedcoffee.com, I have begun home roasting my own coffee beans using a cheap second-hand popcorn popper. Professional roasters may cringe at the idea of roasting high-quality green beans in a popcorn popper but the popper gets the job done with little effort involved and so far it has produced decent results.
Even though I am a coffee snob, I can settle for slightly less perfect roasted beans knowing that I roasted it myself. The real pleasure of home roasting comes from the act of experimenting with the amount of beans and the duration of the roast – each bean has its own nuances and it’s fun trying to get the perfect taste characteristics out of a batch. Roasting coffee is similar to cooking in that there are infinite ways you can let your creativity flow into roasting coffee – similar to the art of cooking.
Here’s a little video I shot while home roasting some beans on my balcony:
Have a happy new year and may 2014 be filled with outstanding cups of coffee!