Home Coffee Roasting – it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3

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Are you considering taking up roasting as a hobby or know someone who is? Roasting your own green coffee beans ensures that you’re getting a fresh cup of coffee just the way you like it. And it’s easier than you might think! It all starts with just three things – beans, heat and something to roast on/in.

  1. Beans – Green coffee beans come from all over the world and we are pleased to offer a wide variety. At Burman Coffee Traders we work hard to offer the best quality coffee beans and we hand pick all our providers. Don’t be afraid to stock up on unroasted coffee beans at home. Not only will you get a competitive price, but green coffee will also stay fresh for up to a year. Shop our coffee bean selection.
  2. Heat – You can’t roast coffee without heat. And lots of it. The ideal internal temperature for roasted beans is 390-460°F. Most home coffee roasters will choose a heat source that goes above 450°F. The exact temperature and timing depends on how much coffee you’re roasting and what roasting method you’ve selected.
  3. Roaster – Roasting green coffee beans at home can be done using a variety of tools. From a pan to a popcorn popper, the key to home roasting is monitoring temperature and stirring. You can also invest in an all-in-one home coffee roaster to simplify the process.

If you’re looking to invest in a roaster, there are two main varieties – fluid bed and drum roaster. A fluid bed roaster works much like a popcorn popper in that you can watch the coffee as it’s roasting through a glass chamber. The FreshRoast SR540 is our pick for an entry level fluid roaster.

A drum roaster has a rotating drum that tumbles the beans as they’re roasting. A drum roaster allows for more beans to be roasted at one time and produces a more evenly roasted final product. The Gene Café and the Behmor 2000 AB are our top picks for drum roasters.

Additional Resources

There are endless resources available to help you get started with home coffee roasting. Our Learning Center includes more information on where our unroasted coffee beans come from, roast styles, processing methods, and more.

Plan Ahead This Holiday Season

As you can imagine, the volatility of coffee market pricing, bean availability, weather issues like the severe frost in Brazil, global and national shipping issues, and continued pandemic constraints impacting the availability of roasters and parts, has kept us very busy here at Burman Coffee.

Over the summer, Brazil, one of the world’s largest coffee producers, experienced its worst cold snap since 1994 pushing prices for green coffee beans to the highest levels in years. Experts estimate a half a million acres of coffee beans were affected by frost and the full extent of the damage is not yet known. It is expected it will take several years for production in Brazil to fully recover.

In addition to weather issues, businesses in the United States are facing shipping delays across all industries. California ports handle roughly 40% of the nation’s imports and are currently experiencing a significant backlog of cargo ships waiting to enter the country. Once the ships do arrive, there is a shortage of drivers and trucks available to transport the goods to the consumer.

These shortages are causing some experts to be concerned about meeting the supply demands for the upcoming holiday season.

How does this all affect Burman Coffee? As always, we are keeping a close eye on all the latest in coffee industry news. We are working hard to continue to find great buys and superior tasting coffee. We’ve already stocked up for the upcoming holiday season, and we encourage you to avoid potential delays and buy early this year.

Don’t worry, your favorite beans will keep for many months at home so we encourage you to plan ahead and stock up now.