of Coffee Roasting
Could there be
anything better than a hot, fresh brewed cup of coffee? As you open
that can of pre-ground Maxwell House Coffee, did you even know that
coffee comes in different roasts? Did you know that you can roast
your own coffee beans at home? If you think that the aroma of your
fresh ground coffee beans can't be beat, get a home coffee roaster,
you'll be in Java Heaven.
coffee beans is what imparts flavor. Similar to the making of a fine
wine or a hand rolled cigar, some consider the roasting of coffee
beans as an art. Those that describe coffee use some of the same
vocabulary they use to describe wine. Depending on the roast level
chosen the beans take on different flavor characteristics. The
lighter the coffee bean the less flavor it will have, the darker the
coffee bean the stronger the flavor it will have.
generally four different categories of roast. A light roast
(American) , a medium roast (Breakfast), a dark roast (French), and
darkest roast (Italian or espresso). Each type of roast imparts a
different appearance to the coffee beans.
When a coffee bean
is roasted to an American roast the beans will have a very light
color to them and they will appear dry. A medium roasted bean, or
Breakfast roast will have a rich brown color and will be oily in
appearance. A French roasted coffee bean will have a very oily
appearance with the beans appearing very dark brown. The darkest
roasted beans or Espresso beans will appear black.
can easily be done in your home. Depending on the roast that you
desire you can roast coffee in five to fifteen minutes. Green beans
are available online from a number of sellers, as are coffee
roasters. Choose different types of green coffees to sample. Drum
roasters are very popular for use in the home. It's best to consider
purchasing a roaster as it will give you the most consistent finish
to your beans. Some try to roast beans in frying pans, some use hot
air popcorn poppers. While each of these techniques will work, as
mentioned above they don't give a consistent finish to all the beans
and you will most likely be disappointed in the result.
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of Coffee Roasting