roasting coffee beans at home

By February 25, 2009Family

In my life with coffee, there have been several significant hinge moments. The first was being given my very own Mister Coffee maker when I went away to college (thanks to my brother, Rod). I could brew my own coffee in the convenience of my dorm room. Thankfully the water from the sink wasn’t toxic. The second hinge moment came when I discovered a coffee grinder and began grinding my own beans – first with the aforementioned Mister Coffee and then with a Krupps machine. The next hinge moment in my coffee story was the birth of the coffee shop and espresso drinks.

Thanks to a friend of mine (Tina), the most recent improvement in my quest for the perfect cup of coffee has been the use of a french press. She came to a Bible study at our house for LifePoint and nearly fainted when she saw me using a regular coffee maker. The next week she brought over her french press and I’ve not used a coffee maker at home since.

So … today I’m reading our local paper and there is a story about local coffee roasters. I’ve been to one — Caffe Calabria. But what caught my eye was the mentioning of a man who has developed a home roasting machine. It’s the Behmor 1600 and it was invented by a local San Diego guy. You can roast up to a pound of coffee at one time.

Now all I need is $300 and a way to find green coffee beans …