1.06.2006

the roastery is open

I got a hankerin' to roast my own coffee beans....I read online how it could be done with a popcorn air popper, so when Boy #1 brought one home from a thrift store, I went online and ordered some green beans. No, not the Jolly Green Giant kind, the Malawi Mzuzu Grade 1 kind.

After doing a little online research I discovered that roasters divide into two camps: The first camp tells me that any popper will do. The second camp tells me I'm likely to burn my house down. Ignoring the second (but larger) camp, I went into the garage and proceeded to fire up the walminator.

Much smoke (but no fire) later, I had enough beans for two small pots of coffee. I was a little concerned about over-roasting, and ended up with the first batch not quite dark enough. It's palatable coffee, somewhere between Peet's and Phillips 66.

I can certainly feel a quicker caffiene swooooosh than using preroasted beans. And of course, I'm going back out to do another batch right away in hopes of getting it right. Assuming I don't quit get that batch correct and I make a third batch, my pulse should be shooting for the moon by 8 or 8:30 pm. If I'm still blogging at 2 AM, you know why.

8 comments:

chuck said...

are they fair trade beans?

Brent Steeno said...

Holy Cow!! That Rocks! Is getting unrosted coffee beans cheaper then roasted ones? If it is I am getting a pop corn popper asap. I will never have to leave my house again!

Anonymous said...

randy you have way too much time on your hands!

Randy Bohlender said...

You obviously have not been following me around lately.

Kelsey Bohlender said...

I must say that was the BEST coffee I have ever had - period! The only other that rates is Montgomery Inn Hawaiian Kona. This stuff is way better than Starbucks. And cheaper too! Wahoo!

Randy Bohlender said...

Chuck - re: fair trade beans.

I thought so. I swapped two chickens and an oil change coupon for'm.

Fair trade in my book.

Brent Steeno said...

im going to do it first!

chuck said...

bring the birds, i have the grill...