Wednesday, February 16, 2011
When we are together, Coffee Time only lasts about 30 minutes, at the end of which
we usually have to jump up and continue on our way, but it is the most joyous half hour one could hope for. We usually have a little sweet thing to go with our coffee or tea and cut it into several small nibbles to share.
Lately I have been looking into widening my coffee independence. I recently found this great old hand cranked coffee grinder at the thrift store and I have adjusted it to produce a very decent espresso grind.
It has inspired me to see how far I can take the Homesteader spirit when it comes to our coffee. I have decided to try roasting my own coffee beans. It will be a very fun science experiment and it is also much more economical. Green coffee beans can be bought for about $2.50 a pound and the shelf life of green coffee beans is about two years, as long as they are not roasted. I don't know if I will get to be an expert but I'm sure I can, with practice, produce a roast we will be happy with. Although I have to admit that my one and only attempt at roasting coffee about a year ago, ended up being the top mulch on my potted lemon tree.
I know a lot more now and I am doing more research before I waste anymore beans. It was good to try though, because afterwords I had a better idea of what I was up against.
I grabbed up my camera the other day and filmed a friend of mine roasting his coffee with a heat gun and bread maker. It is very economical albeit a little loud. Here is a little impromptu video of his process.
After a lot of research I will buy some more green beans and begin the practicing. I haven't chosen a method yet but I have a feeling I will go with the lowest tech method I can find. I would like to keep things simple. Off the grid would be even better.