You are sitting on a bench, warm mug in hand, and the sunlight touches your face. Welcome to JBros coffee break! As we wrap up our BBQ tour here in Arkansas, we will be finishing with good coffee. Listed below are links to our BBQ Tour that you could watch and enjoy.
Rudy's Bar-B-Q | Albuquerque, New Mexico | J Bros Cooking I'd Eat That Bar-B-Q Tour Part 1.
WATSON'S BAR-B-QUE, Tucumcari, New Mexico | JBrosCooking BBQ Tour Part 2.
WATSONS BBQ DONUTS, Tucumcari, NM | JBrosCooking BBQ Tour Bonus Review.
Dyer's BBQ, Amarillo, Texas | JBrosCooking BBQ Tour Part 3.
CLARK CREW BBQ, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | JBrosCooking BBQ Tour Part 4.
ARKANSAS BBQ, Cabot, Arkansas | JBrosCooking BBQ Tour Part 5.
For this coffee break, we’ll be roasting, grinding, and brewing fresh green coffee beans with the help of our coffee master friend, Dan— he has already appeared in one of our cooking episodes, Elk Stew, so make sure to check that one as well. Going back, is roasting your coffee worth the time and effort? The answer is yes; why you ask?
First and foremost, we all know that fresh is way better than any market-bought coffee. Aside from that, you could also benefit a lot. If you are an avid coffee drinker, taking the brewing process could teach you to control every step that would make the coffee suitable for your taste. Learning to roast doesn’t take too long once you have all the equipment and establish a good roasting routine. Moreover, the equipment to use doesn’t have to be high class and expensive, as long as you have a heating element that could roast the beans— a popcorn maker per se, a machine for grinding (a mortar and pestle can work too), and some filter and hot water to complete the brewing process. However, the do-it-yourself brewing process might not be for you if you are always booked and on the go, so I guess it is best to leave it to the experts.
Furthermore, how do you roast your coffee? Presented below is the step-by-step procedure on how to.
1. Subject the coffee beans to heat.
It might be in an iron pan, an electric coffee roasting appliance, or a popcorn maker like we did during our coffee break. It is advisable to roast in a room with good ventilation for it will get real smokey.
2. Continually stir the beans.
You wouldn’t want to end up with a mixture of dark, medium, and light roast, right? So make sure the coffee beans are roasting evenly.
3. Watch the beans until you get your desired roast.
Continue until your beans reach your desired roast level.
Light Roast: Remove your beans from heat right before the first crack (356°F – 401°F).
Medium Roast: At the first crack or slightly afterward (410°F-428°F).
Dark Roast: Right after the second crack, but sometimes longer (437°F – 482°F).
Do not exceed 482°F, for it might thin out and create a burnt taste.
4. Let the coffee beans cool.
Degassing is essential since it brings out the flavor in the beans, giving you an ultimate coffee tasting and brewing experience.
5. Store or Brew
Either store the beans for the next day in a tight container or start grinding and brewing.
Overall, roasting your coffee beans can be worthwhile if you value freshness and flavor. The roasting lifestyle is ideal for coffee enthusiasts who are driven to find green beans and perfect the roasting process. A week after roasting, coffee is at its most flavorful, so you always enjoy your coffee at its best. We hope this guide has helped you decide if roasting coffee is right for you and your lifestyle.