It seems fitting that I should start this blog with the worst roast that I ever made. Typically, I roast with an i-Roast 2, but I have tried a number of different home roasting methods including stove top popcorn popper, oven roasting, and in this particular case a good ol' iron skillet. Very crude, but that was the point.
I don't remember the beans that I used but I do remember opening all the windows, putting the window fan on high and getting ready to move quick. I figured that the roast would take a while to start but once it got going I was going to have trouble keeping track of the roast temperature. I also figured it would be a pretty uneven roast but from past experience that isn't always a bad thing with home roasting as long as the range isn't so wide that you've got yellow beans and french roasted beans in the end batch.
Well, everything went pretty much the way I expected it to but because I'd planned ahead I kept pretty decent control over the whole thing and the end roast didn't look half bad. I cooled it as best as I could, let it sit around for a few hours and then pulled out the french press.
The verdict: bacon. The coffee tasted as if I'd slathered it in bacon grease, which in a way was true because I'd used my seasoned kitchen skillet that had been my trusty tool in the kitchen for over ten years. The skillet survived. My taste buds on the other hand needed a couple of days to recover.
Lesson to all you fellow home roasters out there: experiment, that's what makes it fun. Just don't use seasoned cookware unless you like your coffee with hints of pig.
In case you haven't figured it out by now, I like to roast coffee in my kitchen in my small NYC apartment. And as you can probably tell by the title, this blog is about coffee. I hope I can share my experiences (and mistakes) and meet a few fellow coffee fanatics along the way.