#7 : How to Roast Coffee in PopCorn Popper for dummies!

This episode is a first in a series of tutorials on how to roast coffee at home. This week I demonstrate how to (and not to) roast green coffee beans in an air popper, typically used for popcorn. Save money and drink better coffee!

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5 Responses to #7 : How to Roast Coffee in PopCorn Popper for dummies!

  1. markpianoman says:

    Good video….I enjoyed it. I also use a popcorn popper to roast coffee beans…in fact, mine looks identical. I bought mine at Target for $16 a “Chefmate.” I use the handle of a long wooden spoon to stir my beans every 1.5 minutes throughout the roast…the friction helps release the chaff and the long handle keeps your fingers from burning. I stop the roast after I hear lots of beans popping during the second pop. No real need to preheat the popcorn popper.

  2. coffeenate1 says:

    Thanks for the comment Mark! Glad you enjoyed the video. Yeah, this was my first go at home roasting. I agree that stirring the beans during the process helps to rid the beans of the chaff and ensures that they are rotating properly. Preheating isn’t necessary, no. Take care!

  3. bbqpowerd says:

    Thermodynamically, roasting in a popper is counter-intuitive; a greater qty roasts faster than a smaller qty; more beans restricts airflow & increases the temperature. I roast 4.5 oz vol-3.5 oz weight. This qty will stop spinning and heave up as the beans crack and expand. Try more beans for greater uniformity, without stirring. At room temp.my roasts take 4 min +/- 10 sec; first crack at 2-2.5 minutes At beginning of 2nd crack. I dump the roast into an iron pan & yield 3oz for 3 presses.

  4. ufo5440 says:

    4 minutes for first crack?! I get first crack about 2 minutes with my machine

  5. ufo5440 says:

    4 minutes for first crack?! I get first crack about 2 minutes with my machine… plus at 3:14 you hear first crack in your vid as you mention it, because if you goto the tutorial at sweet marias they are already getting second crack at about 4:30-5 minutes in already

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