New Thing #20: Roasting Coffee Beans


A day doesn’t often go by that I don’t indulge in at least one latte. Although I’ve never found any interest in brewed coffee, there’s something about espresso that just does it for me. That’s why I’ve always wondered what sort of a difference roasting my own coffee beans would make in the flavour of the espresso I make at home.

I grabbed a bag of Taman Dadar Java from the Merchants of Green Coffee and went to work. I used the popcorn maker method since it seems to do the most even job on the beans according to my research online. It also seemed to be dead nuts simple, which is always a plus for me.

The roasting itself went off without a hitch, but how does it taste? Well, you’ll have to check back tomorrow because they’re supposed to rest for a day before grinding. Sorry. 


What a fantastic way to start the morning. The green beans I’d roasted ground up beautifully, giving off a nice mild aroma. That smell translated wonderfully into a very sweet shot that wasn’t too acidic and really opened up as I drank it.

It might just be that the Intelligentsia beans that I normally use are past their prime but this is the best shot I’ve pulled off my machine in a very long time. And yes, even the crema was more abundant. My machine doesn’t normally produce an aweful lot of the stuff so it’s hard to pick out in the photos attached, but believe me it was more.


About dangaede

Creative Director and espresso lover.

3 responses to “New Thing #20: Roasting Coffee Beans

  1. Merchants of Green Coffee

    We could smell the fresh roast over here at the cafe! Thanks for the mention, Dan.Glad you found an alternate use for the popcorn maker (stovetop works better anyway).So long as the beans are cool, they’re usable. If you’re brewing espresso, you will find the crema to be ripped apart by the freshness of the roast.We’ll be watching you!

  2. Lisa

    and…..was it delicious???

  3. Anonymous

    Lisa, they were soooooo delicious.

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