Saturday, 5 January 2013

He Did It All For The Beans

Yeah, this one is about coffee. Again. But to be fair, it has been awhile since I last wrote about coffee and thanks to the power of "the jump" you can actually choose not to read it. How cool is that? It's pretty cool, that's how. But you're going to want to read it, aren't you?

 In my recap of last year I mentioned wanting to roast my own coffee, something I am sure some of you have heard before since I have talked about it quite a lot in the past. In other words, it's almost always been a plan… then it became the plan. At some point I realised that despite what some people say it is entirely possible to notice a fresh (0 - 48 hours depending on the bean) roast from a 7 day old roast.

Maybe I'm kidding myself, I won't know for sure until I do a double blind study again but it feels different and I'm going on my gut feeling on this one. Either way, cue roasting my own coffee since with that I can have the same beans roasted, one yesterday and one a week ago, brew both and then divide it up in the same way I did my last double blind study. As you might recall I was certain I could tell the difference between tap water and bottled water. Turns out I was pretty fucking wrong. Serves me right for being so narcissistic. Unlike my H20 Study though the result won't matter as much because it's cheaper to buy green beans in bulk and roast them myself, which mean I would be able to do my own roasting even if it turned out that I couldn't tell the difference. Win win situation as far as I'm concerned though my ego will take a bit of a beating if I can't tell the difference.

Reminds me, that I was supposed to do the H20 Study again at a later date. Maybe now would be a good time to do that? The water definitely has a different flavour profile here compared to Finland and perhaps that difference could be to my advantage — at least in terms of inflating my ego — in a new double blind study. I'll just have to get my wife to agree to assist me in the role of the Researcher again.

Anyway. Yeah. Roasting my own coffee. I know what coffee I would like to roast and where to get those beans. Now to find some appropriate equipment to roast with. Which will probably take me a few weeks because I'm picky and I don't really know where to start looking for it here. Google to the rescue though so I'm sure I'll be fine.

I thought I would also attach a really interesting — for me at least — video about how Gerry started roasting coffee. I would like to say that the video was eye-opening…

I'm trying to find out if they ship internationally so that I can order a batch.