Do you roast your own coffee beans?

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Roast the beans until they almost spontaneously combust into flames and it will taste the same as Dunken Donuts and most other coffee. (Not joking)

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I’ve tried 3 of the 4 bean types, and I’ve varied the roast times somewhat on them, and I’m starting to think “Meh.” I haven’t gotten a cup yet that I like nearly as well as the usual Dunkin Donut stuff, even if it is stale. Nuance be hanged, I guess I value consistency more than nuance. With the Dunkin I know I’ll get the flavor I desire every time I make a cup. Fresh-roasted beans aren’t appealing to me.

You don’t think your Duncan Coffee can taste better than it does to you now, if it weren’t already dry? Cause even if you roast a bean to perfection, it’s possible that you just prefer the flavors in those Duncan beans.

But if you actually got your preferred beans from them fresh roasted, it would be pretty impossible for them not to be everything you love about them already, except with extra flavors you haven’t even tasted in it yet. Thats what people are trying to impart about roasting. No one would say, hey, let me get that steak cooked to my ideal medium, then let it sit for 4 hours before serving it to me. The steak will still be pretty awesome all-things-considered 4 hours later, but it would have obviously tasted way better had you eaten it right after it finished cooking.

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Xevious, Orleans Coffee has free shipping when you order like 5-6 pounds. That doesn’t really help us stay in line with constantly having fresh beans tho if we stock up like that (unless you drink pounds a week, or co-buy it with others).

But even so, their pounds shipped are less than what coffee shops want to sell you 12oz bags for. So say you get an $11 dollar pound, and pay $4 shipping, that’s still $15 bucks out the door, and you didn’t even have to leave your house for fresh beans. At least here in Los Angeles, I see shops regularly charging $18+ (if not more) for 12oz bags, and they are even weeks old at times. Can’t be having that for those prices man, but I digress.

Orleans doesn’t even tax I think, or maybe just like a few cents. I guess I should say, if you live in an overpriced city like mine, Orleans is a breath of fresh air on quality and prices.

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Lojik wrote:
Xevious, Orleans Coffee has free shipping when you order like 5-6 pounds. That doesn’t really help us stay in line with constantly having fresh beans tho if we stock up like that (unless you drink pounds a week, or co-buy it with others).

But even so, their pounds shipped are less than what coffee shops want to sell you 12oz bags for. So say you get an $11 dollar pound, and pay $4 shipping, that’s still $15 bucks out the door, and you didn’t even have to leave your house for fresh beans. At least here in Los Angeles, I see shops regularly charging $18+ (if not more) for 12oz bags, and they are even weeks old at times. Can’t be having that for those prices man, but I digress.

Orleans doesn’t even tax I think, or maybe just like a few cents. I guess I should say, if you live in an overpriced city like mine, Orleans is a breath of fresh air on quality and prices.

Thanks, Lojik. $4 shipping isn’t bad then. If I can’t get any locally fresh roasted, I’m going to give them a try. At the very least, to have a comparison.

Yeah, I read up a bit more about popcorn air poppers… and it’s a very mixed bag on reports—some claim to have success while others don’t. I also wonder about the flavor changes, that even while better than multi-month old coffee, it may be hard to take at first because of acclimation to older coffee. I found that 2.5 week old Zambia coffee was good, but different from the other beans (the Nicaragua / El Salvador blend) that I got recently and very much enjoyed. While taste is important, I’m also angling for that nutritive benefit. That video I linked in the very beginning mentions about nutrition and anti-oxidants being high in within that 1st week of beans being roasted.

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LowLumen wrote:

Here’s a few tips from distant memory and the top of my head:
  • Poppers tend to run the roast too hot and too fast for good flavor development time.
  • Fewer beans in the roaster will lower temps, more beans raises the temp (due to restricting air flow) The lower the air volume to heat, the higher the temp!

It’s true. If you can play with the temperature, that will be an advantage.
Slow roast vs quick roast will taste different. There’s so many variables in roasting coffee.

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Lojik wrote:
Xevious, Orleans Coffee has free shipping when you order like 5-6 pounds. That doesn’t really help us stay in line with constantly having fresh beans tho if we stock up like that (unless you drink pounds a week, or co-buy it with others).

But even so, their pounds shipped are less than what coffee shops want to sell you 12oz bags for. So say you get an $11 dollar pound, and pay $4 shipping, that’s still $15 bucks out the door, and you didn’t even have to leave your house for fresh beans. At least here in Los Angeles, I see shops regularly charging $18+ (if not more) for 12oz bags, and they are even weeks old at times. Can’t be having that for those prices man, but I digress.

Orleans doesn’t even tax I think, or maybe just like a few cents. I guess I should say, if you live in an overpriced city like mine, Orleans is a breath of fresh air on quality and prices.

Thanks, Lojik. $4 shipping isn’t bad then. If I can’t get any locally fresh roasted, I’m going to give them a try. At the very least, to have a comparison.

Yeah, I read up a bit more about popcorn air poppers… and it’s a very mixed bag on reports—some claim to have success while others don’t. I also wonder about the flavor changes, that even while better than multi-month old coffee, it may be hard to take at first because of acclimation to older coffee. I found that 2.5 week old Zambia coffee was good, but different from the other beans (the Nicaragua / El Salvador blend) that I got recently and very much enjoyed. While taste is important, I’m also angling for that nutritive benefit. That video I linked in the very beginning mentions about nutrition and anti-oxidants being high in within that 1st week of beans being roasted.

Exactly, as a back-up with no good options around you, it’s an awesome resource to have. And I just checked, 1 pound is $6 flat shipping, 2 pounds is $7 flat shipping (at least to Los Angeles).

I always purchase 2 which is why I have the $4 estimate. But I selected 2 pounds, and to my door it was $29 bucks. Shipping was $3.50 for each bag this way. So basically under $15 a pound delivered. Could be less or more depending on what you choose, but this is the average. These bags were priced at $11.50 each pound. 2 – $10 buck pounds would cost like $27 or so, delivered, so that’s not too shabby at all.

Just yesterday I decided to try a local bag cause there is a shop with great roasters. I paid $19 plus tax, and I tipped them too cause they were cool AF. BAM, $25 bucks right there for just 12oz. It’s hard out here if you go with fresh retail beans man. But I like to support good local business when possible too, so all good.

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I finally figured out that my Nostalgia popper must not get quite as hot as the one Sweet Maria’s used in their writeup and videos. The Colombian decaf turned out tasty at 6 minutes, 45 seconds. Then last night I roasted a batch of the Sumatran (which Sweet Maria’s says people tend to either love or hate) for 7:15, and 18 hours later I ground some and brewed a cup in the Aeropress; the beans smell funky but the coffee tastes surprisingly good. I think I might be a convert to Sumatran. I’m not hearing any second crack yet at those times and the beans don’t look overly dark or oily. I guess my earlier attempts (around 5 minutes) were just too short.

I also played with a kettle roast and didn’t stir the beans often enough, so some parts of some beans wound up getting a bit blackened; the char taste is not my thing and I dumped the batch after brewing a couple of cups.

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Hoop wrote:
Roast the beans until they almost spontaneously combust into flames and it will taste the same as Dunken Donuts and most other coffee. (Not joking)
Nah. The Dunkin beans are a medium brown color, a bit lighter shade of brown than the ones I just roasted myself.

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