Do-It-Yourself Coffee Roasting - It's a Thing!

More than once, it has certainly happened to me – buying some fancy new coffee, only to be disappointed with its taste—bitter, over-roasted, lacking aroma and flavor.

If only I could roast that coffee myself. I bet it would be exactly right – in theory. But is that a thing? Roasting coffee yourself? It turns out it is.

You can roast coffee beans yourself. And it is not difficult to do at all. Here is how:

Get your coffee beans – green, that is.

You can purchase 1 lbs. bags of green (unroasted) coffee beans. I prefer a rich flavor for my coffee. Here are just some of my favorites:

Grand Parade Coffee, Unroasted Organic Kenya AA Coffee Beans

Grand Parade Coffee, Unroasted Panama Boquete Coffee Beans

Grande Parade Coffee, Unroasted Rwanda Kivu Coffee Beans

100% Pure Kona Extra Fancy Green Coffee Beans 

First off, I am a big fan of Fair-Trade coffee. I am not getting political here, but I sincerely believe in paying fair compensation to those who grow and pick the beans. Grande Parade coffees are rich in flavor, have low acidity, and roast like a dream.

And how did that Kona coffee make it into this list? OK, I must admit I am a sucker for Kona coffee. Ever since a friend brought a bag of roasted Kona coffee beans home with him from a trip to Hawaii, I have been hooked.

That’s all well and good. But what do you do next? Grab a pan and roast your coffee over an open flame? Or in the oven? You could do that. Here are the two methods I recommend - and no, they do not involve the oven or some pot on a stove.

One thing to mention before you get started turning your kitchen into a coffee roaster - make sure you roast in a ventilated area. Popping open a window would suffice for ventilation purposes. The first phase of roasting dehydrates the beans causing gasses to escape that might irritate those who suffer from allergies.

Now on to the two at home roasters I recommend:


Handheld Stove Top Coffee Roaster
This nifty little device is excellent for roasting around 30-90 g (estimated 2-4 tbs – perfect for two to three cups of coffee). It is intended for use with a gas stove, chose the smallest burner and set it to low heat. Low heat is around 200 – 250 degrees, and that is perfect for roasting coffee.
Fill the roaster with no more than 90 g of unroasted coffee beans. Hold the device close to the flame at about 3”. Continuously swirl the roaster around in either an oval or an elliptical motion. LISTEN for a crackling sound. When you first hear a crackling sound (also called the First Crack), check the beans. They should have turned a uniformly light brown color. You can stop roasting if you prefer light roasted coffee.

Like your beans a bit darker? No problem. Just continue to swirl and roast until the beans have either taken on a medium brown color or a dark brown color (city roast and dark roast, respectively).

If you do not have a gas stove or prefer to roast larger amounts, I recommend a counter top, electric coffee roaster such as the


Electric Coffee RoasterThere are undoubtedly many higher-priced options available, but you do not need to go overboard. This little roaster does an excellent job.

Follow the instructions that come with the roaster, and you are all set.



Let's finish the roasting process.

Regardless of the method you are using to roast your coffee, I highly recommend investing in a coffee cooler.

Coffee Cooler

This electric coffee bean cooler prevents the freshly roasted coffee from over-roasting as it immediately cools the beans.

Therefore, they no longer give off enough heat to unintentionally continue “roasting” the entire batch.



If you roast a larger quantity and do not use them to brew your coffee right away, make sure to store your coffee beans in an airtight container once they have completely cooled.

Now you are ready to grind your coffee and use the pour-over method of making that perfect cup-a-joe - ideally in one of our many stylish, limited edition coffee mugs.

By the way – the verdict is out whether to store your coffee in the refrigerator or not - more on that in a separate article.

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