Roasting Coffee Beans in the Blacksmith Shop: Take 1


| 2/3/2010 1:34:52 PM


Inspired by Jayme (at Tales from the Coop Keeper Blog), Mr W, and I set out to turn green coffee beans into beautiful roasted coffee beans today. Friend Daniel just happened to be visiting here at the right(?) time so he was drafted to help in this process. I think we may just have smoked and stunk him out! Poor guy… he may ne’er return again.

Mr W and I are major coffee fans. We’ve purchased coffee beans for fresh-ground weekend coffee for years (our weekend splurge). The next step seemed logical – to start roasting our own beans (it’s a little less expensive that way also).

Jayme gave me just enough information to get me really interested in this venture. She also recommended the Whirley Pop popcorn method. I purchased a separate Whirley Pop to use exclusively for coffee bean roasting (didn’t want to taint the taste of our buttery popcorn!). Also, it was recommended to do the entire process outside because of the stink/smoke involved. Wow, was she ever correct! One would think that roasting coffee beans would be ahhh ... aromatic … delectable-smelling. Nope! So, out to the blacksmith shop we went, and we kept the door wide open.

I ordered green coffee beans from Coffee Bean Direct (tip: search for “Coffee Bean Direct green coffee beans” on Amazon to get free shipping with a $25 order), and Sweet Maria’s. Sweet Maria’s also had the thermometer that reads to 550 degrees and fits nicely into the Whirley Pop popcorn popper. A thermometer is a great thing to have, especially for novices like us. Mr W drilled a tiny hole in the top of the Whirley Pop to insert the thermometer. He set up the fish cooker burner in the blacksmith shop. I also gathered a metal colander to cool the roasted beans in, a metal cake pan to put the cooled beans into, an oven mitt, a measure that holds exactly 8 ounces of beans at a time. And of course my instructions printed from my various trusty Internet sources. We had the air compressor next to the cooker so we could immediately begin to cool the beans after roasting (very important to cool them quickly, so I’m told). You can also use a hair dryer set on cold or a fan for this purpose.

We poured our 8 ounces of Coffee Bean Direct’s Columbian green beans into the Whirley Pop, turned on the heat, and started cranking.



popper with coffee beans

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Rodeo Princess
2/20/2010 3:33:09 PM

I am so depressed! Do you know what a MESS I could make of 550 degrees in a barn over a fish cooker? All you bloggers keep putting the bar higher and higher - what's next? Tiny little tea leaves?


Mountain Woman
2/7/2010 6:55:16 AM

Oh, Tammy, it's wonderful to see you here. We're just like you in regards to coffee and I never knew I could roast my own beans. You have inspired me. Maybe next you'll have Flat Creek Farm coffee?