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The Definitive Guide to Roasting Coffee at Home

We've all had days where just one coffee isn't enough and can agree that they'd be nothing better than a barrister made coffee to help lift those spirits! So if you're looking for that great taste without needing to find a café open after 3 pm then look no further than our article below as we cover the steps for café quality brews in the comfort of your own home.

Is availability the only upside?

The situation we described above certainly is a convenient one, but if you think that's the only benefit to roasting your coffee at home, then you're wrong! By preparing and grinding your beans, the flavours you can explore and taste are endless, as you not only have control over the roasts time but the blend and the method. Another benefit is buying beans in bulk, as it's more cost-effective than store-bought pods and your takeaway order. So, with the guaranteed freshness and infinite flavour combos, why not give at home roasting a try?

While it may take a bit of time to get everything roasted evenly, once you've found your perfect cup, you won't regret it. Below we've shared our tips on the ideal roasting process.

Pick your raw beans

The first task is picking the right beans for your roast. Raw beans are sold both in cafes and online, so if you already have a favourite check out your local café and grab a bag. Otherwise, if you're feeling adventurous, why not jump online and look at all of the different flavours on offer! If you want our advice, we'd suggest starting with smaller packs to compare and blend flavours and then once you've found your coffee match go ahead and buy in bulk!

Choose your home roast method

Now that you've got your coffee, it's time to roast- check out some of our suggested methods below.

Pan

Simple is sometimes best, so grab a pan and roast those beans over medium to low. You'll need to ensure that the beans spread evenly in the pan and stir to prevent burning or an uneven roast. While a good at the home method, the only downside is that you can't measure the beans' temperature.

Oven

Using an oven is another easy way to roast beans that will need only some occasional checking. The advantages of the oven-roasting are that you can set the and treat a larger amount of beans - however, some would warn that the oven will spoil the taste of the beans, so proceed with caution.

Coffee roasting machine

Available at most stores, the home coffee roaster, while an investment, will ensure your beans are roasted evenly and at the right temperature. It will also allow for larger batches at a time.

Gather your necessary supplies

So once you decide on your roasting method, be sure to grab all your necessary supplies. For example, you may need to measure your beans to create specific blends, so grab some measuring cups or a scale. Roasters selling coffee beans usually also supply the additional equipment and accessories needed for your perfect.

Begin the roasting process as per your roast type

Once your station is prepared, start the roasting process as per your blends instructions.

Light

The moment you hear the first cracking noise of your coffee beans, know that this is what is called light roasting. Many roasters choose to stop here as it provides the highest level of antioxidants and acidity.

Medium

Medium roasting shows the medium brown colour of the beans. This process happens in between the first crack and the second crack. This will give a much sweeter tone and hold richer consistency comparing to the lightly roasted beans.

Medium-dark

Medium-dark roasted beans are darker in colour and provide rich flavour, holding thicker consistency and abundant aroma.

Dark

These beans are roasted the longest and give a stronger and bitter taste. If you are into espresso coffee, you'll know the taste - unlike the lightly roasted beans; dark roasted beans hold less acidity and less caffeine.

Cooldown the beans and store them well

Now roasted, transfer your beans to a colander and shake off any chaff (bean skin). Once your beans reach room temperature, let them rest for 1 to 3 days before storing them in an air-tight container.

Once done, start the brew!

Try to grind and brew your freshly home roasted beans within a week to get the full flavour and maximum freshness.

For more tips, coffee brewing equipment and café quality beans, head on over to Gridlock Coffee Roasters!

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