My daughter asked me yesterday whether I’d thought about roasting my own coffee beans. I told her no, that I thought that for whatever reason people didn’t often roast coffee beans at home, but I didn’t know why.
Today I asked an expert about this, someone who roasts and distributes coffee. He said that you can roast coffee at home, but most people don’t for these reasons.
- You can roast coffee in an ordinary oven, but the quality of the roast will be uneven.
- You can buy a machine for roasting coffee beans, but these machines are expensive and don’t roast much coffee at a time.
- It’s hard to find green coffee beans unless you are buying in wholesale quantities, e.g. 100 pound bags.
- The smell is overwhelming.
The last point surprised me. I imagined the smell of roasting coffee beans would be wonderful, but apparently it’s too much of a good thing.
Update: See the comments for different views and suggestions.