Is it Really Worth Roasting Green Coffee Beans at Home?

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For most, buying roasted coffee beans is something of a no-brainer. After all, why invest time and effort roasting your own green coffee beans at home, when a professional coffee roaster can do the job for you?

The answer…well, it depends entirely on who you ask.

On one hand, you could argue that purchasing unroasted coffee beans means giving yourself one additional job to do. On the other hand, buying and roasting raw coffee beans at home can be surprisingly advantageous.

Just as long as you’re willing to make the effort, roasting your own unroasted coffee beans means enjoying the following added bonuses:

1) The freshest coffee

It’s worth remembering that coffee beans begin to lose their essential oils and fabulous flavors the moment they are roasted. Hence, the best coffee you can drink is always the freshest coffee available. By roasting your own raw coffee beans at home, you can roast quality coffee beans on an ‘as needed basis’.  By doing so, you’ll enjoy the freshest coffee money can buy with every cup you brew.

2) An economical option

Though not always the case, unroasted coffee beans are often cheaper than roasted coffee beans. Somewhat self-explanatory, as the seller hasn’t invested the time and effort needed to roast the green coffee beans on your behalf. As a result, you could make significant long-term savings by switching to raw coffee beans.

3) A longer shelf life

Having not yet been roasted, raw coffee beans also have a significantly longer shelf life than roasted coffee beans. While roasted beans have an average lifespan of around 1 month (if well protected from oxygen, light, and humidity), the shelf life of quality green coffee beans can be as long as 12 months (also if well protected). This means you can stock up on green coffee beans in bulk, subsequently throwing them into your coffee roaster in smaller batches as you need them.

4) Green coffee experimentation

There’s quite a lot of hype right now surrounding the apparent therapeutic properties of unroasted coffee beans. If nothing else, coffee brewed using green coffee beans is both delicious and an entirely different flavor experience. By switching to green coffee beans and roasting your own, you open the door to endless experimentation with new and interesting recipes. Even if green coffee doesn’t turn out to be your thing, you can toss your beans in your coffee roaster and enjoy them as normal.

5) The ultimate aromatherapy

If all this wasn’t enough, there’s no denying just how appealing and intoxicating the aroma of fresh roasted coffee can be. By investing in a home coffee roaster, such as the excellent Gene Café CBR101, and roasting your own green coffee beans, you’ll be treated to the ultimate aromatherapy experience on demand. Not only this, but there’s much to be said for the general satisfaction of roasting your own raw coffee beans and brewing a perfect cup from scratch. Try the DIY approach to coffee roasting just once and you’ll find it hard to go back to the store-bought option.

At Hayman’s online coffee store, you will find the world’s finest green coffee beans for home roasting with your own coffee roaster, including legendary coffees such as Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee, best Kona coffee Hawaii, and Panama Geisha coffee beans (also called Gesha coffee). For those not into home coffee roasting, we also offer roasted coffee, coffee capsules compatible with Nespresso®* Original Line machines, and coffee pods compatible with Keurig K Cup coffee makers (incl. Keurig 2.0 models)**. Click here to order today and enjoy free worldwide shipping!


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