There is nothing more comforting and satisfying than having a never-ending supply of freshly roasted coffee. But how does one tap into the mother lode of coffee enjoyment? By roasting one's own at home.
Giving up that roaster is one of the biggest adjustments I have had to make in the last six months. Upon endless emotional temperature-taking, I have decided that I am not that egotistically involved in owning and "being" a micro roaster -- it is the freshness of the coffee that I miss after giving up the magnificent machine.
I made half-hearted attempts at getting some coffee at the local big box store where they have an on-site roaster. I tried getting some roasted beans at the Trendy Chain. Both times I was disappointed and could not get over the old taste of the beans.
I went into a silent panic. I looked on line for home roasters and they all seemed too much $$$. I had heard that you could roast beans in a popcorn popper, but, as a micro roaster, I would flare my nostrils and give a resounding indignant snort in response to such a proposition.
What to do with all that green coffee and no roaster? Sell it? As we say here in South Seattle, "Oh Hehl No!"
Two weeks ago I took a couple of boxes of books to the Seattle Goodwill Store and received a 30% off coupon off any one thing in the store. I parked my car, made a bee line to the small electronics section and found the correct type of popper for $6.99 minus 30%! You can't beat that with a stick.
Disclaimer: It's messy; it must be done outside; it's smokey; you can't walk away from it; it's not for the faint of heart; do at your own risk!