A Beginner's Guide to Home Roasting

Roasting coffee beans

While roasting at home is a lot of fun, achieving an even and consistent roast is a challenge. Here are some tips on getting the best results and truly enjoying the experience :

1. Know what you're getting into

Know the advantages and disadvantages of roasting your own coffee.

Advantages : Saving money, discovering the taste profiles of different origins, controlling your quality, guaranteed freshness, great fun.

Disadvantages : Initial investment, learning curve, the need of a kitchen exhaust fan from excess roasting smoke, finding a trustworthy and knowledgeable importer and supplier of green coffees.

2. Buy a good quality roaster

Buy a good quality roaster, capable of producing various types of roasts (light, medium dark – the more the better). You'll also need a cooling tray or cooling system to stabilize the temperature of freshly roasted beans. This will help you achieve a stable finished product. The investment will be worth it!

3. Buy quality beans from a Specialty Coffee Importer

This won't be an issue if you are buying your green beans from us! :) No matter how good your roaster is or how well you can roast, if the coffee quality is not there, roasting to perfection will not make the coffee better. Remember.. garbage in, garbage out.

4. Know that Green coffees roast differently

Green coffees roast differently depending on their origin, density, species, processing method, age and more. Our Master Roaster can advise you accordingly. Simply contact us at info@terracaf.ca

5. Learn how to properly operate your roaster

A no-brainer right? Well you'd be surprised how many people skip the instructions booklet. It is crucial to understand how your home-roaster operates. If unsure about anything, contact the manufacturer and/or get some advice from your green coffee supplier.

Carlo Granito, President & Founder

Carlo Granito

President & Founder

Carlo Granito, a passionate humanitarian and entrepreneur, planted the seeds of Terra Coffee & Tea in Montreal in 1978 at the young age of 23. Driven by the values instilled by his father, Carlo's commitment to honesty, integrity, and a deep love for quality coffee and tea shines through every aspect of our business.

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