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How to Roast Green Coffee Beans

Roast Green Coffee Beans

The some of the best coffee beans is made with freshly roasted beans. Roasting coffee yourself not only ensures that your beans will be fresh, but that they are roasted exactly the way you like them. If you’d like to try roasting at home, read on to learn how to roast green coffee beans.


200 years ago, all coffee was roasted at home. By the late 1800s commercial roasting had begun to replace home roasted coffee.Seven Bridges: The Basics of Home Roasting If you’d like to rediscover the taste of freshly roasted coffee, you need green coffee beans and some simple equipment that you probably already have at home.

Step 1: Select Your Equipment

Although you can find specialty equipment that is designed to roast coffee quickly an easily at home, you can also use several appliances which you likely already own to roast your green beans.

      1. Stovetop popcorn popperSweet Maria’s: Roasting Basics

      2. Air popcorn popperSweet Maria’s: Roasting Basics

      3. Skillet or wokSweet Maria’s: Roasting Basics

      4. Standard home ovenSweet Maria’s: Roasting Basics

Step 2: Roast the Coffee

Oven roasting coffee is a simple way to get started, as most people have the basic supplies already in their kitchen.

What You Need

      1. An oven preheated to 500 degrees F.

      2. Metal vegetable steamer or a wire mesh colander

      3. Second metal colander.

      4. Cookie sheet

      5. Oven mitts

      6. Green coffee beans

Instructions for Oven Roasted Coffee

      1. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F

      2. Place the beans in the vegetable steamer of colander, and set them on the cookie sheet

      3. Bake 15-20 minutes at 500 degrees F, stirring or shaking the beans every minute to ensure that they cook evenly.

      4. When the beans are done, transfer them to another colander and stir to help cool them quickly.

      5. The agitation should help separate the beans from their skin, which is called chaff. Don’t worry if not all of the chaff is removed;it won’t affect the taste of the coffee.

Step 3: Tips for Roasting Coffee

    1. Use coffee beans that are roasted to your liking as a color guide to determine when your first batch is done.Seven Bridges: The Basics of Home Roasting

    2. Coffee is best ground and prepared within 4-24 hours of roasting.Sweet Maria’s: Roasting Basics

    3. Cool beans quickly to stop the roasting process.Sweet Maria’s: Roasting Basics

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