Heat Source: Electric (coffee roaster)
Time: Varies per machine
Whether you’re not in to taking risks or you don’t have time to get creative, you can always play it safe and roast your own coffee beans with a countertop roaster. Sure, it’s a bit pricier and it takes up more space in the kitchen. But if you plan to roast your own coffee beans regularly, a piece of equipment specifically designed to do the job is worth the investment.
Despite their innovative designs and function, you should never leave coffee roasters unattended. It’s a good idea to linger in the kitchen while your beans are roasting. Maybe start your weekly grocery list (they make apps for that now), wash any bowls or containers from midnight snack monsters, or just enjoy the scented pleasures of this simplified roasting process.
Keep an ear out for those coffee bean cracks, too, no matter what coffee bean roasting method you choose. The first crack indicates the beans are at the light roast stage, while the second crack is a signal that they’ve reached medium roast.
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