Originally Posted by Snake Plissken
Hi Steve.....roasting your own green beans is fun and economical since you can get most any premium coffee bean that is grown. I have a source that I get Hawaiian Kona peaberry beans direct from the plantation. And when you open the bag of green beans the aroma from them is undescribable.
Many resources on the net for roasting. My first and formost resource when I started was reading Kenneth Davids' books. Good starting point and very informative reads with good leads on types of beans, roasts, origins, etc.
The sites you list are classics. I do not frequent too many of the coffee forums though. I think Sweet Maria's used to have a pretty lively forum for a while. Did most of my research reading about roasting and equipment though.
I've heard many positive things about the different pour over methods and many agree this is the best way to brew and drink coffee. It makes sense to me why could be that way. Myself, I've almost bought presses, infusors and/or Cona's, but never really commited to it yet. I will though I'm sure.....sounds like it would be interesting to try and not too expensive to get your feet wet with the method either. That can't be said for the Technivorm....though used to be not much could compete with this coffee machine. Not sure about that now since I've had mine for a long time now.
Hi, this is an old thread, but ever relevant, and coffee habits tend to get only a whole lot better with the time... I agree, Steve, that there's plenty to read about and educate oneself about roasting coffee in the various forums and websites online. Experience will enhance your skills a lot (and by now you may already have some...)
Kenneth Davids' books are indeed a favorable source to learn whatever needs to be known in regard to the art of roasting coffee. As to the quality of freshly roasted coffee vs. those bought from the shelves, the difference can be tremendous. I like Starbucks' whole beans coffee, primarily the 100% Columbia (med roast), and I always grind the coffee right before brewing, but in no way does it come close to roasting the coffee by myself, or purchasing from a roaster, such as the one roasting at one of the Fairway supermarkets. For best results, one should buy freshly roasted coffee or, better yet, roast by oneself.
I agree, too, that the Pour Over makes good coffee, but I'm referring to the manual pourover method, that can be done with a cheap conefilter; nothing fancy or expensive needed. Generally, I believe, great coffee can be made with just a basic drip coffee maker that can be purchased for 20 bucks or less. I've experimented with the French Press too, and I like it. It, too, is affordable, and it makes great rich coffee. Just my 2 cents. All the best, J