First of all, we need to clear one thing up.
We’re talking about roast dates, but that alone won’t let you know if the
coffee’s any good.When buying food, you look for the freshest items. Of course,
you check the best before date. Then there are the visual cues: the firmness of
an avocado, the bruising on an onion, the redness of a fish’s gills. Yet to
find out how good the food really is, you need to serve it up to eat.
The same principle applies with coffee. Never
judge the quality of beans solely on the roast dates. At the very least, you
need to open the bag, calibrate the beans the best you can, taste, and
evaluate.Now that we’ve established that the roasting date isn’t everything,
let’s look at what it can tell you.
quite like roasting your own beans. You get to enjoy the smell of fresh-roasted
coffee wafting through your home, and the satisfaction of drinking beans you
roasted yourself, to your own preferences.
What’s more, you’ll
discover all the notes and flavours you can bring out in a coffee. You’ll find
the differences between origins, altitudes, varietals, processing methods, your
roast profiles, and more. And this will push you even further.
So if you’re ready
to begin home roasting, I’m here to help you out by sharing the essential items
you need to buy. Note: there is one more you’ll need that’s not listed here,
but you can’t buy it. And that’s because your five senses are key for
developing your craft. The rest, though, you can add to an online shopping cart
right now. Let’s get started!