[permaculture] home-roasted coffee

Lawrence F. London, Jr. lfl at intrex.net
Wed Sep 28 00:05:24 EDT 2005

Simonjemmy at aol.com wrote:
> I missed the initial coffee post....although solar roasting sounds cool, or  
> should I say hot, it might be a little complicated for me at the  moment... 
> I'm interested in what some of ya'll who home roast might be  using.....hot air 
> popper by any chance, and has anyone found anything  better?...and what about 
> good sources for green  beans?...thanks

Turkish coffee is the best tasting of all. Get an import all brass 
hand-crank grinder from a MidEastern import shop; its compact and 
portable and works flawlessly to make the fine powder required by the 
Turkish brewing process. Buy a largish stainless Turkish coffeepot
(has a rim around the top adjoining the pour spout). Find a heavy frying 
pan to roast the beans in (the French, tinned, all copper would work 
best and are very heavy). Roast the beans in the pan until they are 
LIGHT to MEDIUM TAN, let cool, grind and put in pot. Add water to pot
to fill and put it over heat. CAREFULLY bring it to the point that you 
can see contents start to well up prior to overflowing and going into a 
rolling boil - back off the heat immediately then put it back and let it 
well up again -0- this is what creates the froth on the top that has all 
the flavor -0- bring it to a near boil 3 or 4 times, no more then serve 
- divide the froth between all the cups to be served.

This is the way coffee should be. I learned this from a Turkish man in a 
rug store in nearby Carrboro NC.

A light roated bean makes really flavorful coffee. Costa Rica Dota is a 
good one as is Nicaraguan and some of the North African ones.


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