How-To: Roast Coffee with a Popcorn Popper

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A couple of weeks ago I wrote a piece for credit.com about roasting coffee at home. Today, Craft published a more in-depth piece I wrote about how to do it.

Relaxing in a coffee house with a professionally made cup of espresso or cappuccino is one of life's simple pleasures, but I also enjoy making my own coffee drinks at home. I buy whole beans online and grind them in a coffee grinder. I'm a pretty good home barista, if I do so say myself.

The one coffee-making activity I've always avoided, though, was roasting coffee. I assumed that coffee roasting required large, expensive machinery and considerable training. But a few weeks ago, I heard about a way to roast coffee using a hot air popcorn popper. I gave it a try and found out it was fun and very easy. It takes less than 15 minutes to roast a small batch.

How-To: Roast Coffee with a Popcorn Popper