How to Roast Coffee in a Popcorn Popper

Taking time out and relaxing in your nearest coffee shop with the professionally and freshly brewed coffee is one of life’s simple pleasures. The experience can even be more worthwhile if this quality brew can be made at home.

The overall taste of the coffee depends on the quality and flavor of the roasted beans used in it. Ready-to-use roasted coffee beans are easily available in the market. But they lose essence in a matter of days. If you don’t like it, go roast the coffee beans yourself. All it requires is a popcorn popper, also known as popcorn maker.

Roasting coffee beans in a popcorn popper is not only easy and fun activity, but also economical. Moreover, these roasted beans stay fresh up to a year.

Things Required:

– Green coffee beans – according to your requirement
– Hot air popcorn popper
– Empty soup can
– Can opener
– Wooden spoon
– Air-tight container or jar


  • 1

    Measure the desired amount of green coffee beans into a hot air popcorn popper and set aside its plastic chute at room temperature.

  • 2

    Use a can-opener to remove the top and bottom ends of a clean empty soup can. Take away its label and set it on the top of the popcorn maker in order to form a chimney.

  • 3

    Now switch on the popcorn popper and stand close to it, listening carefully. After 3 to 5 minutes, you will hear the bean’s first crack.

  • 4

    Let it run for another 2 to 3 minutes until your hear the second crack. You will observe a smoke emerging as a result of second crack. Now you can either switch off the popcorn popper after the second crack or simply let it go all the way through for a very dark roast – choice is all yours.

  • 5

    Now unplug the popcorn popper and remove the soup can chimney. Now immediately transfer the roasted beans into a large shallow pan or plate and cool them under a fan.

  • 6

    Once completely cool, transfer the roasted coffee beans to an air-tight jar or container and seal it tightly. Now store it somewhere away from heat, light and excessive moisture.

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