Monday, April 10, 2006

Move over Starbucks

Last year Craig and I started talking about attempting to roast our own coffee, so the last time Mom & Dad went to Hawaii they were kind enough to bring us back some raw/green kona coffee beans.



Well this weekend we finally decided to give it a try. There are a few different methods of home roasting, but we thought the easiest would be to use the gas grill. We started by creating a makeshift colander...



Then a single layer of beans went onto a very hot grill.



Filly was more than happy to keep us company on the deck - doesn't she look so excited :)



I won't bore you with all the details, but a short time later they had roasted to an awesome medium to dark brown color.





We brewed up our first batch this morning. For our first attempt I think it came really good. Nice flavor and not bitter at all! (In case you were wondering the swirl below is NOT photoshopped in)

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well, you've tackled beer and coffee, so what's next....Sipala's Vineyards?
Jeanne

Jenn S. said...

Sipala Winery - I like the sound of that!

mom said...

That swirl is scaring me... I hope you did not experience a sweet floral fragrance and a cold breeze at the same time.

Seriously it all looks and sounds great...if you liked those beans save the label and we'll see if we can find them agaain. love, mom

dad said...

Good thing we're coming down soon, looks like Filly misses me. dad

AR said...

About that swirl........I always knew you had some of those Szabo- genes in ya.....
the coffee beans look great, but one question.....were they Hickory roast or Jim Beam? ( you said you used the grill, did they taste like chicken?)