Thursday, November 30, 2006
Coffee Snobs Move on to Homemade Roasts
Okay,I think I've got a new hobby. I did not know you could roast your own beans so easily. I am so very in love with dark roasted coffee. As a girl who grew up Mormon; coffee is not only good but better than that, it's actually a sin! So roasting my own beans is really on a par with moonshine. And speaking of illicit drugs; Happy Meth Day! Yes, today is, in fact, National Meth Day! I'm not sure how to celebrate that, though,maybe it's a good day to start a new diet.
Roast Your Own
America's most finicky coffee drinkers tout their caffeine connoisseurship in many, often contradictory, ways. They spend a bundle at Starbucks, or refuse to patronize big chains. They only drink espresso, or decline any cup of joe they didn't brew themselves.
Then there are people like Chris Becker of Arlington, whose coffee worship involves a ritual that places him at the outer edge of the country's java culture.
Becker roasts coffee beans at home.
''Even my less-than-good batches are fresher than any (beans) I'd buy in a store,'' said Becker, a 30-year-old government employee who uses a gas grill to transform flavorless green coffee beans into savory dark-brown kernels that he then grinds and brews within a few days, if not hours.
It doesn't require a lot of time, money or equipment to roast coffee beans at home — less than 10 minutes in an air popcorn popper does the trick — but enthusiasts devote plenty of each to the craft.