My Java Journal

Of Roasting and Blogging – Advancement on Two Fronts

I am going to do two things with this week’s blog post. The first is to offer some insight into my roasting attempts, and the platform this has created for learning about coffee beans and the roasting process. The second will be related to the learning I’ve had to do as a blogger. There is a connection, I promise.

Coffee isn’t just about pouring water over ground beans. It isn’t just about getting milk steamed right. It also isn’t just about getting the visual aspects of the latte art perfect – or in my case, somewhat recognizable. Learning about the beans, their profiles, and the processes required to draw the most flavour from the beans is a very interesting part of the journey. It is also quite fun trying to apply this knowledge.

I am not going to give a lesson or delve to deep here on coffee beans, I am sure that will come. What I do want to share though, is my first roasting experiences and where they began. To do this, I have to share a link to another blog. This is what required deeper learning about blogging; in this instance, the Trackback function. This then becomes the second insight I touched on in the opening paragraph – learning about Trackback. Trackback is basically a notification to another blogger that they were referenced and vice versa.

Without further ado then I offer this link to the Art of Manliness (AoM) blog post How to Roast Coffee at Home on a Grill.

After reading this AoM post, I purchased the necessary popcorn popper, ordered some green beans and topped up the propane supply. Then I followed along with the instructions detailed in the post. My roasting set up is featured in the image attached to this blog.

My initial roasts went well enough. First, that sweet grassy smoke starts to break the seal of the popper, then it is time to pay attention – listening carefully for that first crack, and more closely for the second crack. It doesn’t really take all that long, unless of course you try this outdoors at -25 degrees Celsius. Trying this at this temperature naturally forced me indoors on the second attempt. Not appreciating the amount of smoke that is actually generated, nor how sticky and pervasive it is, the house was rendered almost inhabitable for the better part of two days as a result. Others were not pleased!

Now, the set up and roasting remains an out-of-doors activity. Efforts are made for ‘climate control’ – which means basically waiting for the nicer days – above 10 degrees – in the Spring through Fall months. Not sure the plan for the Winter – but I have time to figure it out.

Will I sell my roasting wares? Maybe, but I mostly view this as educational at this point. That said, if opportunity knocks …

With respect to blogging and Trackback, please have a look at the linked post. Although I am fairly certain that Trackback will not work in this instance – but maybe it will – AoM is a great blog to explore and the military quote that sets this particular blog post up is apropos. I am not sure the Trackback aspect of this link is set up right, but trying it is the only way to find out.