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  •  Sweet Maria's. (5+ / 0-)

    Watch out though -- there are two Sweet Maria's selling green beans on the net.

    But roasting your own is a GREAT deal.  The only problem is your first few batches will probably be less than ideal.  

    If you have the money, buy a good home roaster machine.  If you don't, do what I did for years and used a hot air corn popper, the Westbend Poppery.  Cheap.  It takes about five minutes to roast.  You have to stand over the beans and stir them once in a while.  They will make a popping sound when they are ready.  

    Read the instructions on roasing and they will call this first and second crack.  First crack means you have light or medium roast.  Second crack means you're venturing into dark roast territory.  You want to dump the beans out sometime between first crack and second crack.  Let them cool, then bag them.  They won't make good coffee for a day or two because they have to degas, but after a few days, if you do a half-decent job, you'll get the very best cup of coffee that you ever had.

    The other benefit of roasting your own is that you can buy the real top flight no bullshit coffee beans, with the name of the growing and the season.  Usually the green coffee beans cost about a third of what you would pay for the same beans roasted.

    Here are some instructions for coffee roasting with a home popcorn popper.

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