The enjoyment of coffee is a spectrum. There are those times when a crummy mug from the diner hits the spot, and those days when hanging out at warm wooden tables with your laptop and a barista crafted cup is the way to go. And then, there are the extra special days: the Chemex or pour over mornings, with your sweetheart. The days where you summon that last bit of Stumptown from its airtight container and throughly scrub the French press to get all those competing oils off.
Those are the mornings when roasting your own beans are totally worth it.
The first step, of course, is finding the beans. I can’t buy any in my town (the guy at the market says they’re illegal to sell in my state. I have no idea if that’s true)…but there are plenty of resources online.
After that, it’s just a matter of a few simple steps. Mark Fraunfelder wrote up his favorite method, which uses a $25 air popcorn and a few other kitchen staples you already have.
I haven’t tried it yet, but it seems like something worth experimenting with, if only to appreciate what it takes in order for you to enjoy your morning cup.
See the full process at Craftzine: Roast Coffee with a Popcorn Popper