Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Captain Caffeine roasting coffee

Captain’s Log, Stardate 06.06.2007

Many of you know that my husband, Captain Caffeine, roasts his own coffee. I thought I’d show you a few pictures.

Here is his coffee roaster. Yes, it was an air popcorn popper in a previous life. It’s actually a special design of popcorn popper in that it has vents on the side of the column instead of at the bottom, where most air poppers have their hot air vents.

He stuck a can (top and bottom removed) to extend the column so beans don’t come flying out of the popper.

Here are the green coffee beans.

They’re a rather sickly yellow-brown color. However, the advantage of keeping green coffee beans and roasting them as you need them is two-fold:

1) You get fresh-roasted coffee that’s no more than a week or two old (and Captain Caffeine says he really can tell when coffee has been roasted more than a week ago)

2) Green coffee beans can be bought in bulk because they’ll last up to a year in storage without getting stale. Roasted coffee is only good for a few months, at best.

Here’s the coffee in the roaster.

Captain Caffeine stirs the coffee every so often.

Captain Caffeine has to rapidly cool the coffee as soon as it reaches a certain point, so he pours them back and forth between two sieves, which are really supposed to be for straining soup but he got them at Goodwill for cheap and they work great.

The roasted coffee.


  1. wow, that's really something! most people would find it too time-consuming but here he is, enjoying, i'm hungry.

  2. Everyone needs a hobby, although that seems like a lot of work for a cup of coffee.

    Just think, years from now, when you're both retired, at least he'll have something to occupy his time!

  3. Ah, now his name makes sense. I'd love to taste some, but alas, I'm way too slothful to roast my own. Not to mention the fact that I'm not handy, and would have beans flying all over the place. I'll stick with Starbucks.

  4. That's an interesting process to watch:)
    He really likes his coffee doesn't he? Reminds me of my Mom:D

  5. I must say, that's one of the more interesting posts I've run into during my run tonight. Glad I popped by!

    I can only hope to meet a guy who has mastered the art of roasting coffee. I'm an addict.