Sunday, January 24, 2010

Roasting coffee beans in the wood stove

Last year I explained that life’s too short to drink bad coffee. That’s still true, of course. My preferred method of roasting, in fact the only one, was using a hot air corn popper. Well, after about 10 years of use, it finally quit. I hoped it would come back to life, but it didn’t. Not wanting to live without coffee, I had to figure some way to roast my beans. It wouldn’t be difficult to roast them on top of the stove, but I didn’t really want to fill the house with smoke from the roasting.

The solution was to roast them in the firebox of the wood stove. I put a couple handfuls of green coffee beans in a small cast iron skillet we have roasting coffee in the fireboxand set it on the coals or burning wood inside the firebox. I wear welding gloves while doing this since the skillet gets quite hot. I stir the beans often, trying to ensure that they are evenly roasted. It takes five or ten minutes to roast them, depending upon how hot the coals are.

One of the nice things about roasting them in the firebox is that the smoke from roasting is drawn into the stove and out the chimney, not into the house. I don’t mind the smell of the smoke from roasting coffee (actually, I like it), but it’s nicer for everyone to not fill the house with it. I’m thinking of roasting some in the oven to see how that goes. Maybe the smoke won’t be too much.

Last night, I ordered some more green coffee beans from the Coffee Bean Corral. They have some nice selections. I’ve almost finished the ones from my last order. I don’t really drink very much coffee (that’s my story, anyway). I like how it tastes and the feel of a warm coffee mug in my hands. It’s a simple pleasure.

When summer gets here, I’m going to have to find another method for roasting. Maybe I ought to come up with some kind of a drum roaster for on a grill or over a fire outside. . .

4 comments:

Wade

okay Darryl, not that I am trying to build your house or anything but I have another idea for you....cordwood. I have just finished watching "The Complete Cordwood DVD" by Rob and Jaki Roy and it seems like a very straight forward building method. It is also inexpensive,not reliant on weather and can be done in stages and it also works well with timber framing.

Just a thought.

Hope all is well.

Wade

Anna

I saw something online about some kind of roaster on a grill. I'm sure you can figure it out. I'm still thinking I will try roasting my own coffee beans one of these days, eventually. I don't have a wood stove, though, and I use my hot air popper for popcorn, so I'll have to figure something else out.

dp

Wade, come on down. I'll let you help build the house! I might try some cordwood building but probably not on the house. I saw a cordwood structure in WI that was 150 years old, I think.

Anna, I read once about a guy who made a roaster to use on his grill using a stainless steel trash can and a rotisserie. I'm sure I can come up with something good. The popcorn popper was simple and worked well for about 10 years.

javieth

When I bought my house through costa rica homes for sale
I expected to have a big stove in the kitchen with a huge space, now I am really happy because I can cook every kind of recipe in my huge stove. I really love it.

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