Received my first espresso sampler the other day from Sweet Maria's. Needless to say, I was anticipating my first arrival of green beans. Got so excited to see a Sumatra in my box of goodies. = ] So I followed the tutorial for home roasting with a popcorn popper and it was so easy and fun! No gimmicks, just honest, economical home roasting. Even my husband, who isn't a coffee drinker was interested in my first roasting
Stopped my roasting around 15 seconds after second crack and cooled the beans. Couldn't believe how even the popcorn popper roasted the coffee beans. So, I cooled them in a strainer, on top of a fan. Waited for room temp and stored the beans in a mason jar. I was so excited, I snuck a sniff of my fresh roasted sumatra. Ahhh!! That's all I can say about that...
The next morning, I was so ready for my cup o' coffee... Tom was right about not tightening the mason jar too much. The CO2 does make the lid bulge out a bit and when you open the jar it will "pop" open. But the smell...heavenly.... I poured my Sumatra beans into my grinder, and made my first shot of espresso. It was AMAZING!!! I cannot explain how much credit is owed to who ever discovered home roasting with a popcorn popper, seriously.
Now I know the meaning of "fresh-roasted coffee". Nothing compares to it. I think after my inicial home roasting, I've fallen for coffee a little bit more. Now I know how good it can truly be. "Buying coffee from another, I will not", in my Yoda voice.
I'm still developing my skills in describing what I am tasting when it comes to coffee but I'll give it a go though: the aroma - a sweet butter, light hint of hazelnut chocolaty-ness, the taste - medium strength (could be the same as acidity, I think...), rich, very dense and savory.
I would definitely recommend this coffee to someone who's into lightly sweetened, clean, and light/medium bold coffee. I would love any suggestions that anyone might have. Thanks!