One of my passions is coffee. I love almost everything about coffee. There are two things that make me sad about coffee, however.
First, I try to avoid eating processed foods as much as possible. Some of the flavors and roasting techniques used to roast commercial coffee are quite unhealthy, which I do not like.
Secondly, I prefer to do things myself. If we’re ever in a situation where I can’t purchase coffee at a grocery store, I want to be able to still make it at home! In fact, I would love to grow my own coffee beans one day and complete the process from start to finish.
Although you can make coffee at home with fancy coffee roasters, there is actually one way to make it without any extra equipment at all- which is great for preppers and emergency situations!
Here is a super-simple way to roast healthy coffee at home:
- Cast iron or stainless steel pan with lid
- Green coffee beans
- Metal colander
Step 1: Oven Roast the Coffee Beans
Put the beans in a single layer in your skillet or pan. Place the open skillet in the oven at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.
Step 2: Stove Roast the Coffee Beans
Put the lid on the skillet and place it on the stove on medium-high heat. Shake the pan while you wait for the beans to crack. They will begin to crack and sound like popping popcorn kernels. Keep shaking to move the beans around, or else they will cook unevenly. Keep roasting the beans until they reach the color you desire. The darker the bean, the deeper the flavor. However, you must also be careful because if you get the beans too dark, they will taste burned and awful.
Step 3: Remove the Chaff
Place the beans in a colander. Take the colander and beans outside while they are still hot. Use a metal or wood spoon and stir the beans around while you shake the colander to remove the chaff. This can take a while. Shake until you don’t see any more chaff flying off from the beans.
Step 4: Rest the Beans
Allow the beans to rest for about 3 days before grinding and serving. This will allow the oils to release and the flavor to solidify.
Drink your hand-roasted coffee without guilt. No chemicals were used in this roasting process!
Home-Roasted Coffee for Preppers
If desired, you can add flavoring to the beans in the form of flavoring syrup after they cool. You can also try roasting the beans with various other flavors, such as coconut or cocoa beans. Try sprinkling the beans with various herbs for a completely different flavor!
Home-roasted coffee also makes a great gift for preppers or coffee-lovers!
Have you roasted coffee at home? What is your favorite prepper-friendly method?
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