Roast Your Own
Green coffee will store well for over a year without loss in character whereas a roasted coffee will be best consumed within a week or two. Buying your beans green will allow you to make larger purchases without worrying about the beans going bad. Roasted coffee gets its wonderful aromatic character and flavor largely from the caramelized sugars and flavor oils in the bean. After roasting the bean becomes a protective package for the caramelized sugars and flavor oils, which nest in the tiny porous pockets of the beans interior, and sometimes the oils leach out (in the case of darker roasts) to coat the exterior of the bean with a fine oily layer. The carbon dioxide gas produced by some of the beans sugar during roasting continues leaching out of the bean afterwards in a process called degassing, which temporarily protects the volatile flavor oils from oxidation.
Besides freshness, roasting your own specialty coffee saves money. Quality green beans sell for about half the price (or less) of already roasted specialty coffee, and green beans keep for at least two years if stored in a dry, well ventilated area.
Roasting your own green coffee beans is a little like brewing your own – you do it for freshness and flavor, the fascination of the process, to save money, and most importantly, for the satisfaction of drinking a truly fresh cup of coffee with all the volatile flavors intact To assist you in this pursuit, we offer the finest quality green beans that we personally sample before selling, and only sell coffee roasting equipment that we have exhaustively tested.