Coffee Roasting 101

This morning I roasted some coffee beans.  You may be wondering what I am talking about.  You see, I purchased some green coffee beans, beans which have never been roasted before, and I roasted them in a pot on the stovetop. There are a lot of better ways to roast coffee beans, but I am a bit of a simpleton when it comes to coffee, and I enjoy pan roasting.  You can do a better job with commercial roasting equipment, but pan roasting is fine for me, for now anyway. If you like coffee, but have never roasted your own beans before, you probably don't know what coffee really tastes like.  The coffee you buy in the grocery store was roasted … [Read more...]

My Equipment

Basically, you need some various types of equipment to do different aspects of the coffee hobby. My personal setup is very simple, not expensive, yet still produces delicious coffee. Let's have a look at what I am currently using. Roasting For roasting coffee beans, I am using a simple stovetop method. There are lots of types of coffee roasting equipment that you can buy, but for now, I just pan roast my beans. It's not the most elegant way of achieving roasted beans, but it is cheap, and good enough. I have a simple rice pot that I use to roast beans on the stovetop. It's a small rice pot that can handle roasting of about a half pound of … [Read more...]

What’s that stuff in my cup?

So, you are sitting there drinking a cup of coffee, and you're getting near the bottom of the cup.  You take a drink without paying too much attention, and you feel a little grit in your mouth.  Almost like dirt or sand.  What the heck is that? What is sludge? Well, it's most likely sludge.  Coffee sludge.  What's that?  Well, it's sludge, or it will be!  You see, when you make coffee in a French Press, some sludge is inevitable. The photo shows how coffee is brewed in a French Press.  When you are brewing there will also be a lid on the coffee (to keep it warm) and a plunger built into the lid.  When the coffee is finished brewing, you will … [Read more...]