Our New Coffee Roaster

Home Coffee Roaster

So, I have some very exciting news to share with you guys! Last week, Leon’s dad purchased a coffee roaster! Our family can now begin roasting our very own coffee. Check out this bad boy!

Roaster

We were so excited to help out with the first roast on Friday night. Leon grabbed 10 bags of unroasted coffee beans from a local company and we headed over to their house on Friday evening.

Beans

Leon and his dad have been doing a ton of research on coffee roasting and they knew exactly what to do. They got everything set up and then set the roaster to preheat.

Learning

We started with the Costa Rican Hard Bean. They measured out a ½ pound of the beans and then added them to the roaster.

Once the beans were added, we all anxiously watched them spin in the barrel. The green started to turn into a chocolate brown color. After about 10 minutes we heard the first crack. It sounded like popcorn popping. We then started to see some smoke come out of the machine; the aroma smelled delicious. The beans cooked for about 15 minutes total. After the second crack, they were ejected into the cooling tray.

Roasting

They cooled for about 2 minutes. We all took turns tasting the beans; these were a little bitter and pretty strong which is to be expected with this bean.

When the beans were cooled, we took them inside to do some real taste testing! Definitely my favorite part! Leon’s dad ground up the beans and then made a pot of coffee. We all anxiously watched the entire process.

Grinding

Fresh Grinds

When the coffee was finished, we grabbed our sample mugs and tasted away. The Costa Rican hard been was very strong and a little bitter. It wasn’t bad for our first roast!

Tasting

We decided to go for round number 2 and roast one more type of bean for the night. This time we went with the Tanzania Peaberry. We followed the same directions. This bean smelled much sweeter and was not as strong as the first.

Roasted Beans

During the taste test, everyone agreed that the Peaberry was the better of the two. We had such a fun time trying out the new roaster. We have 8 more beans to try before we start adding flavors and creating blends. We can’t wait!!

 

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