Thursday, March 26, 2009

How To Be Famous: Roast Your Own Coffee

There are a few things in life that I think are always better homemade.

In my little world, we always have home baked bread, homemade marina sauce, and home roasted coffee. All three of these things are ridiculously easy to make.

But today we will talk about COFFEE.

I'll bet you aren't able to function in the morning till you get your cup o joe.
And the Starbucks baristas know you by name, right?

Do you secretly wish that you could be a coffee snob in every sense of the word? Do you wish for your friends and neighbors to be in awe of you?

Let me help you make your dreams a reality. I will tell you how to be famous with all your coffee loving friends. Just learn how to roast your own coffee. You will gain the people's ovation and fame forever. (or maybe that's just the Iron Chef...)

If you've never tried homeroasted coffe, you don't know what you're missing. The coffee that you drink everyday was probably roasted months ago. But Starbucks doesn't tell you that coffee is at it's peak within a week of being roasted. Or, that they over-roast their coffee till it's almost burnt. Actually, there is a lot about coffee that you will come to appreciate by roasting it yourself.

PLUS, did I mention that the cost of unroasted beans averages only $5 per pound, compared to at least $12 per pound for Starbucks? Guilt-free indulgence.

If you can spare just a few dollars, you can give home roasting a try. My husband is obsessed with coffee. He has multiple coffee roasters. Even a huge drum roaster that goes on our grill. But to get started, you don't need much more than.....

...... a popcorn popper!

It's true. Go buy a hot air popcorn popper at Target for about $15. Get a big bowl, and a colander. Then order some green coffee beans. How about trying some Mexican? Sumatra? Colombian?That's it.

Well, not exactly, but it's almost that easy.

I've had a bunch of people online ask about roasting, so my sweet hubby has helped put together some basic information on home roasting using the popcorn popper method.

Click HERE for all you need to know to get you started.

I'd love to hear from you if you give it a try. Email me with any questions at And of course, leave me comments!


Musings of a Housewife said...

I can't believe it's that easy. I'M SO TOTALLY TRYING THIS! Thanks!

HeatherV said...

Try Ethiopian beans! It is where coffee originated. :)

I gave Enzo & Sarah some beans from our trip there. You'll have to have them tell you how they are (or have you over to drink some :) ).

In Ethiopia they serve the coffee with popcorn so when you first said something about popcorn I thought you were going to say you did that too.

I can't believe we are here either. It is crazy and hard but we hope to do something fun this weekend.

Your homemade sauce rocks :)

BTW - I have your love coffee cup on our mantle. I have from this summer. It is a nice reminder of our son and the love folks gave to us so thank you again

Terra said...

I am a diet pepsi junkie, but i enjoyed reading about this anyway..who knew (well you did!!)

Stefani said...

You may have started a trend. Maybe we'll have to start a coffee snobs anonymous group. :)

Great post Kristin!

Future Bulldog said...

This is crazy. I am going to have to show Kirsten, since her and Sam run to get coffee every morning.

Scott and Kristen said...

So ... about the bread - do you have a bread machine or do you make it the old fashioned way? Of your three I often make sauce but don't do the others ... wouldn't mind trying though. :)