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Video:How to Roast Coffee Beans

with Elisa Pupko

Roasting coffee beans at home is easy and a great way to get your beans to the perfect roast for you. Learn how to roast your own coffee beans in a frying pan in this video from About.com.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Roast Coffee Beans

Hi, I'm Elisa Pupko for About.com and here's how your own roast coffee beans at home with a frying pan. 

How to Roast Your Own Coffee Beans at Home

The equipment you will need is a large frying pan, a long spoon, a tray for cooling the beans and green un-roasted coffee beans.

Begin by heating up your frying pan to about 350 degrees. Once warm, add the green coffee beans to the pan. Make sure not to fill the pan too full so that you can still stir the beans without them falling out. There will also be some smoke when you roast. Be prepared to have a fan or open window nearby. 

The green coffee beans will first turn yellow, and then start to brown. You'll hear a loud crack as the remaining moisture bursts from the bean. At this point the sugars are starting to caramelize and you can consider your coffee roasted. You are now at the lightest roast.

How to Get a Dark Roasted Coffee Bean

You can keep roasting until you reach the darkness you prefer. The beans darken quickly so make sure to keep an eye on them. As the sugar caramelizes further and the oils of the coffee beans are released, a more flavorful roast will be created. If you hear a second crack, your coffee is quite dark at this point.

Most people will reach their desired doneness before the second crack happens. If you roast much beyond the second crack, most of the the oils will have burned off and your beans will produced a harsh bitter cup of coffee. It takes about 10-20 minutes for a dark roast. Once the beans are done, remove them quickly and place them on the tray for cooling.

And that's how you roast your own coffee beans at home. For more information, please visit About.com

 

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