Posts Tagged ‘green coffee beans


Egg and sausage

A food processor makes a quick task of making sausage meat, a bit of pork diced to facilitate chopping then add spices of what you like. I added some bacon for the fat content and other  spices and herbs. Stored in a plastic bag refrigerated at least overnight gives me fresh sausage meat to use in recipes or alone as a patty.


broiled sausage pattie,served on a large peice of toast with some green lettuce,egg and a cup of Mexican (origin) coffee.


Seafood and pasta



A few ingredients cooked and tossed……


Recent brews, fresh roasted.

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The daily grind

Todays’s cup…









coffee roasting for gifts

coffee that I roasted for Christmas favors this year. I selected  the coffee project’s organic bundle. 6 varieties. Uganda, Peru, Nicaragua, Mexican, Indonesian,  & Bolivian.










Coffee, new green beans purchased

Who can pass up a 10% discount that the coffee project offers during your Birthday month.  I roast my own green coffee beans.

Mexican Chiapas  6.80 /lb

El Salvador Cup Of Excellence Hermansos $7.00/lb

Uganda Bugisu AA Organic Sipi Falls $7.00/lb

Also bought Chicory  @$3.50/lb to blend with ground coffee for different flavor profiles to taste, Louisiana Style .

Roasting Notes:

El Salvador, medium dark Roast, about 10 minutes, Clear fruity flavor. Nice change from the other brand of store bought coffee beans.

Uganda, beans turn from green to yellow than to a dark brown, unmistakable first crack sound like popping corn. Have not brewed yet. 

Note: free issue of Roast Magazine SEPT/OCT 2011 has a must see article about the constructing and operation of  solar powered coffee roaster using a mirrored solar array dish to focus sunlight to produce heat to roast coffee.


New Items

From The Coffee Project:

4 ounces of Cocoa nibs, from Peru, Organic @ $1.60 per ounce. So far I have ground a very small amount with coffee beans for a mocha blend , good tasting results, they can be eaten as a snack such as a trail mix, will look up other recipe ideas.

Tea, Darjeeling, Fair trade Black Tea, $4.00 ; brew , hot or iced tea, good with ginger syrup and as a drink with liquor. (Simply Ming has recipes for ginger syrup and it’s uses) Good if you want an alternative to coffee now and then.

One of my fav coffees, it figures! (Mexican Chipas FT ) is up to $7.00 (USD) /pound now highlighting the increase in some food commodity prices. Used to be in the $5.50/pound price range.

note: mispelling of “cocoa” might attract unwanted attention !

Roast Your Own ! (green coffe beans)

There are many ways to roast green coffee beans. I have used the fry pan method with good results and there is many other ways to roast green beans and even counter top appliances made specifically to roast the green beans. One method is to use a hot air popcorn popper and there are many websites that describes this process. This is how I roast green coffee beans. I’m using a old Salton Model PC2 ,1200 watts hot air popper.



You don’t need the hood on it on at all but it helps to channel the chaff that the beans give off as they are roasting. Since I roast the beans in the basement workshop I let the chaff blow on to the floor and sweep it up later. The best design would be a deflector that channels the chaff to a container of water. The amount of beans you an roast at one time varies depending on the beans, some are heavier and overload the hopper and won’t let the beans circulate while roasting.


The beans become lighter as they roast and experience will dictate the amount of beans to load in the hopper. Start up the popper and add the beans. Allow for adequate ventilation as the beans will smoke as they roast. If you have a stopwatch or timer use it to gauge the amount of time to roast the beans for future reference.


A thermometer is optional but this popper gets up to the 425-450 degree F, past 1st crack stage, you can usually hear some of the cracking over the noise of the popper but color is the best indication of how dark you prefer you beans to be roasted.


The beans circulating and changing into a mocha color.



The finished product next to the green beans.

I have been roasting beans for at least a year or more after reading about it on-line. There are many ratings of coffee beans and if you research it, It is similar to the wine industry, what the experts recommend or rate as the best may not be your cup of coffee (or affordable cup that is!). Descriptions really do no justice to actually tasting the coffee. Since I don’t drink my coffee black I don’t have always have the same palette or impressions that professionally tasters have. But I have to agree with some of the descriptions of the different taste of single origin coffee. Coffee, like wine, is grown in certain regions and certain conditions and locations produce different types of coffee beans. When you order green beans your can specify single origins or blends. I usually order by single origin to taste. Most of the coffee normally consumed or purchased from your coffee shop is a certain blend thats to their own specifications.


Why go through the trouble of roasting green coffee beans?

  • Freshness, their is no question of how long it’s been since the beans have been roasted.
  • Taste, this is subjective, but generally the taste is smoother, less after taste bite. more on this later.
  • Cost, I don’t know if this is an advantage because you have to add the energy to roast the beans. Green beans are definitely cheaper that roasted beans. Even if it cost the same in my opinion the quality is worth it.
  • Convenience, Again this is subjective, I order the green beans on-line, I may roast once or twice a week. usually I drink one cup in the morning and maybe a cup or an expresso later in the day. No drive through coffee stops needed.
  • Storage, you can stock an ample amount of beans green beans without worrying about losing the freshness, they have a reported shelve life of about 2 years.

The green bean coffee taste.

First impressions: Fruity, your former taste of coffee goes out the window. It’s more like a , fruity, mocha taste. Also note: I use a small amount of heavy cream along with a small amount of simple syrup so there’s no graininess from undissolved granulated sugar in the cup . No harshness and after bite as you get with a low cost ground coffee. ( I still drink other coffee other than roasted green beans from time to time). Generally the higher priced green beans have a brighter (again subjective description), fruitier flavor if you like that. Some beans have a definitely more robust and earthy, filling flavor. Some beans I swear that I’ve prepared a cup of hot cocoa, and have a mocha taste, really smooth and filling, satisfying. That’s about it as a start, as there are many variables, roasting times and temperatures, and the blending of beans adds many possibilities to your cup of java. If you are looking to expand your preparation of the serving of beverages and if coffee is one of your daily rituals then green bean roasting is worth a try.

Other notes : mostly I have used for beans and the two pound random order they offer, for a very reasonable price, will get you two different origin pounds of green beans of their choice, some choices being coffee beans so expensive I would not have ordered the beans by pound alone.


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