We do not go out as much as before, and certainly do not go inside cafes at all.  Meanwhile, I found a bottle of coffee green beans that has been sitting in a cabinet for over three years.

I bought the beans with the intention to roast them, but I was occupied with other stuff before, such as running a business. Now that my business has stopped operation during the pandemic, I thought it was time to get rid of stuff, including these beans.

Green coffee beans can keep for years if stored in a dry place. In fact, I once roasted a one kilogram bag of African coffee beans after more than five years of storage, when I had a small batch electric coffee roaster. The coffee was really good, but the batch size was like two ounces of bean per roast, and it took over 15 minutes to finish each roast, so it was tiresome.

I had also about two ounces of green beans in this bottle. Since the coffee roaster had broken, I decided to roast them in my small saucepan. I have roasted coffee beans in saucepans before, but this was the first time that I did it on a induction cooktop, so I was not sure that it would work.

The green beans actually have a light brown color, not green. I started the roasting by pouring the beans into the saucepan, and set a low heat level of 3 out of 9.

I stirred the beans constantly for a couple of minutes, then I got distracted and went some where for about five minutes. When I returned, I found that some beans looked darker than others! not good. We want an even roast. But since the beans were still in early stage of roasting, and they were for self consumption, I stirred continuously after that, and the outcome was still ok.

The beans had the first pop after about ten minutes, and then came the second pop a few minutes later, and the color of the beans went darker. 

I like a medium roast bean, so I stopped roasting soon after the second pop. 

After the beans cooled, I put them in a bottle for storage. The beans would release some aromatic gas in the next two days. After that, the beans are ready to be grinded and brewed whenever I feel like having a cup of mellow coffee at home. Noice!

The chaff of the beans, like the skin of onions, are mixed with the roasted beans, making the beans look lighter in color than they really are. Since the chaff has no flavor, I did not bother to remove them. They can easily be removed by blowing air over the beans with a hair dryer, but cleaning it up would be too much work for me, hahaha.


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