Pan roasted coffee and Bialetti espresso:
As a regular reader you might know I use the Whiley Pop Popcorn Maker to roast my coffee. But I actually never roasted coffee beans in a pan before today. It is possible but I have to tell you that a lot of movement is involved shaking the iron or iron cast pan every 5 seconds for about 20 minutes. So you will earn you breakfast after it for sure.
So this is how I did it:
- Use a proper pan, iron or iron cast is perfect. One with a higher rim is absolute perfect.
- Fill it with geen coffee beans just a bit less than all the ground is covered. They will expand to about double the size.
- The most tricky part is how to know the right temperature of you oven plate. I would start with 2/3 of the maximum. E.g. I got 9 max. so I choose 6 or 7.
- Too hot will burn the beans to fast. You sould be able to roast the beans for more than 20 minutes until they are dark brown.
- Constantly shake the pan with the cover and make sure they are evenly covering the whole surface of the pan.
- Avoid dark spots by not moving the beans around, about max. 5 seconds is ok.
- After 10 minutes you should hear the first cracks of the beans
- Ater 20 minutes you should hear the second cracks, this about the time when the beans
are close to be ready.
- Wait for the beans to be a darkish brown close to black for espresso, dark brown for regular coffee.
- Fill the roasted beans in a huge bowl and shake off the skins of the beans, your coffee will taste bitter if you leave them with the beans.
- Cool them down and fill them in a jar.
- Keep the cover from the jar open for about a day so the beans can breath out the carbon monoxide
- After about 24hours the coffee is ready to be grinded and ready to drink.
The cheapest, one of the most tasting and most joyful method to make coffee is using the typical Bialetti Espresso maker. A 3 or 4 cup sized Bialetti is the perfect choice for a breakfast for two. Not too much attention is needed, the smell of fresh made coffee is distributed wonderfully through the whole apartment and the end is announced by a nice bubbling sound of the espresso maker.