Posts Tagged ‘roasting’

Mr. Green Beans

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

All you home roasters out there in Portland, a new shop has opened on Mississippi Avenue, catering just to us!  Mr. Green Beans at  3932 North Mississippi Avenue, Portland, OR 97227.  They just opened on July 10, so are still putting on the finishing touches to the shop, but it’s a good one.  Want to try a new brewing method?  They have a great variety.  Need a new roaster?  They’ve got  everything from popcorn poppers to Hot Top roasters.  Most importantly, they have green coffee!  A nice selection of origins, and varietals, by the 1/2 pound, full pound, or more.  Their pricing is similar to Sweet Maria’s, and there’s no shipping!

The owner, is knowledgeable and has a real DIY attitude, happy to answer any questions you could have about roasting.  So swing by, give roasting a try!

Of course, you can shop online too, check out their website.

Filling the jar

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

So, I’ve been roasting now for a few weeks. I have been through at least 5lbs of beans, roasting batches of up to a quarter pound. I began with a few 1 pound bags from SweetMarias.com, each a different bean, and then purchased 10lbs of a Guatemalan Huehuetenango from a local micro roaster. I am 3 or 4 pounds into that 10 and have been working on dialing in a good roast. The next step will be to roast the second 5lbs as consistently as I can. If all goes well I will then try to get more of this bean and increase my batch size up to a full pound. I am not sure if my whirly pop roasting methods can support such large batches, but we will see. It will surely require modification to my temps, timing, and methods.

Already, I have a few potential customers, and am super excited for the day when I sell my first roast and turn professional. Going from burning batch #1 to selling coffee within 60 days is the goal. To help track my progress I have begun a “bean counter.” It is a jar which receives one bean from every roast I do, it can probably hold up to a half pound, if not a little more. That is how I will track my progress, it started with a single swollen, blackened, bean and will fill with brown goodliness. While it will be tempting to make a cup from all those beans when it fills, I think it will remain a trophy and testament.

Sorry, no new roasting pictures at the moment, but I am planning a trip up to Seattle for this coming Mon-Wed. You may think there is an event or reason for the trip, but you would be wrong. This is a frivolous trip just because I want a break. So, it is becoming a coffee safari, with a list of shops and roasters to visit and taste. We shall see how it goes, if nothing else it will be fun.