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popcorn popper roasted coffee beans: iron skillet roasted coffee beans:

Immature or unroasted coffee beans are referred to as green coffee beans. The outer pulp and the mucilage, or the thick membrane which surrounds the bean to protect it from insects and animals, have been removed. Every process has been done with the exception of the roasting process.

By home roasting green coffee beans, coffee enthusiasts can enjoy freshly roasted coffee in their home. While the roasting of green coffee beans sounds intimidating, it is not only easy, but also inexpensive. In addition, the home roasting of green coffee beans allows the roaster to control the darkness of the roast. For those who often have trouble finding a medium roast that is not too dark, the home roasting of green coffee beans can ensure that they receive the perfect roasted coffee bean each time they brew a cup of coffee.

Green coffee beans also have a much longer shelf life than pre-roasted beans. Within two weeks of roasting, pre-roasted coffee beans begin to lose flavor as the aromatic oils begin to leach out of the beans. Even those pre-roasted beans which have been properly stored in light-proof, airtight containers lose flavor. Green coffee beans that have been stored in an air-proof and light-proof container can be safely stored for up to a year without losing quality.

Using and roasting green coffee beans is also a way to enjoy gourmet coffee without paying gourmet prices. Green coffee beans, even the higher quality beans, are just a fraction of the price of pre-roasted beans. They are difficult to find in local grocery stores, but there are many websites on the Internet that are dedicated to shipping green coffee beans directly to a coffee lovers home.

Those thinking that they would like to roast green coffee beans at home, but are concerned about the price of a roaster, will be happy to know that green coffee beans can be roasted at home without using a fancy roaster. However, if a coffee lover begins roasting his or her own beans and decides that they will always want to home roast, then the expense of a home roaster may be worth the price. For those just beginning home roasting, either an iron skillet or an old-fashioned popcorn popper can be used.

Popcorn popper roasted coffee beans:

1. Using an old-fashioned popcorn popper, place the same number of beans into the chamber that the manufacturer recommends for popcorn. This is generally 2/3 to 3/4 of a cup.
2. Place the plastic hood over the popcorn popper and place a large bowl under the chute. Plug the popcorn maker in and turn the machine on.
3. Don’t be alarmed when smoke begins to waft up from the machine. It should be fragrant and smell of coffee. The beans will begin to roast, signified by a cracking sound in approximately three minutes.
4. Pour the beans out of the popper when they reach the desired roast. A light roast takes around four minutes, city roast five minutes, dark roasts take between six and seven minutes. Remove the coffee beans after these times. It is important to remember that the beans will continue to roast for a few minutes after removal from the machine.
5. Toss the beans between two metal colanders or spread onto a pizza pan which has holes in the bottom, until the beans feel warm to the touch.

Iron skillet roasted coffee beans:

1. Place an iron skillet on the stovetop with a candy thermometer inside the skillet. Place a lid on the skillet and turn stove to medium-low. When thermometer reads between 500-550 degrees Fahrenheit, the skillet is ready.
2. Pour the beans into the skillet and replace the lid. Shake the pan continuously while roasting. After the first crack is heard, follow the air popper directions for timing the roast.
3. Pour the beans into a metal colander and stir until the beans are warm to the touch.
4. Store the beans in a cool, air-tight, light-proof container.

The beans will reach their maximum flavor 24 hours after roasting. The freshly roasted beans should be stored in a cool, air-tight, light-proof container. If stored properly, the beans should stay fresh for five days.

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