Crema like thick amber honey, that’s the goal every time!
Man can’t survive by bread alone. He also needs coffee!
I know I do. It’s always a challenge, especially on holiday or on the road, to find good coffee. I usually end up not drinking it at all, I have been disappointed too many times, even in Italy. Life is too short to drink bad coffee. That’s why we took up home roasting. At least at home we can be sure we’ll always have good en fresh coffee.
We have been home roasting for quite a few years now. Roasting your own beans does have a few advantages and it’s not as difficult as people think. But for some reason it is hard to convince people. In Holland there’s probably a few hundred people maximum that roast their own beans. Not a lot considering we are with 16 million+ people. What’s holding them back? Time and money I hear you say. But that’s just because nobody has told them about the benefits:
Our current (2012) Bezzera Strega lever espresso machine
- With coffee freshness is key and home roasting guaranties the freshest coffee possible
- Green coffee beans can be stored for a long period of time (at least a year)
- Buying green beans (in bulk) saves you money
- You can make your own favorite blends of coffee
- You can buy exotic beans you would not find in stores near you
- You can give your guests a nice surprise by serving them coffee with a wow factor and a nice story
- Its fun!
Of course you won’t be a master roaster right away (I have work for one and his roasted beans are top notch, but the problem is getting them to my house as fresh as possible) and you have to put some effort in to learn how to roast each bean to it’s full potential. But the main road to great coffee is the freshness and the quality of the beans you buy.
We use a Hearthware i-Roast 2 which costs around $180,- / €185,- (in Europe). There are other options which cost between $110-$150. Check out the site of sweetmarias for more info on home roasters and green beans.
The green beans we buy (good quality single estate) cost us from around € 7,50 per kilo. That’s € 1,88 for a normal packet of coffee of 250 grams (compare that to Illy cafe who charge € 28-! for 1 kilo, or a very inferior brand that still charges €8,-)
Favorite coffees come from Costa Rica, Panama (La Torcaza), Ethiopia and Indonesia. But there’s such a lot to discover, you favorite may come from Australia or Hawaii…
I was wondering that maybe people who make their own artisan bread are also more inclined to roast their own coffee.
Are you a home baker and a home roaster?