Colombian Coffee by Mecatos Bakery & Cafe is a light-roasted coffee characterized by a rich aroma. With high-quality Roast Colombian Coffee Beans, cooled beans can be ground into different sizes: powdery, fine, or coarsely ground. You can store the ground coffee in an airtight container or resealable bags at room temperature for 2 – 3 weeks before it starts losing flavor and aroma. Once you are ready to roast your Colombian coffee beans by Mecatos Bakery & Café Waterford Lakes, first make sure there is enough room in your stovetop’s heat source (preferably an electric stovetop on a gas stove, but there is not enough room for electric) and that the coffee can be heated from beneath – This will allow the coffee to roast without burning its exquisite taste.
Preparing The Coffee Beans For Roasting
You will want to ensure your coffee beans are completely dry before grinding them into different sizes (fine or coarsely ground). The ideal way to dry them is by spreading them in a thin layer on newspaper or other paper. You can also dry them in the sun or place them in an oven to heat them to approximately 150 degrees Fahrenheit. You can use an oven with no heat source on a gas stove.
The purpose of this process is to remove moisture and accelerate the process of roasting and drying beans so you end up with a smooth, light-roasted Colombian coffee. Light roast coffees feature a more mellow taste – Some people even describe them as fruity. Darker roasts have a stronger flavor but also tend to be bitter sometimes. People who enjoy dark roasts usually do so because they know that they prefer stronger flavors.
You should remember that different brands of coffee will have different roast profiles. Experiment with different brands and ensure you understand what the different levels of roast taste like before getting to a higher level. If a particular roast has a spicy flavor, it might also mean you will have to adjust your oven temperature and time. Experimentation is often the key to finding the perfect roast Colombian coffee – There are more than 1,000 taste notes in Colombia’s special blends.
The Art Of Roasting Colombian Coffee Beans
When roasting coffee beans, you will have to measure the amount you would like to roast. In most cases, you might prefer to roast a few beans to see the results. You can roast more beans next time if you are satisfied with the results. Ensure you leave enough room in your oven when measuring so that you do not get burned while putting them in later.
If you are using a stovetop stove, ensure your burner is completely off before putting any coffee in and after taking them out. Once again, practice for the safety and ease of roasting coffee one step at a time.
Here are the basic steps you will want to follow for roasting Colombian coffee beans:
1. You can spread your coffee beans on a baking sheet and bake them until they attain a temperature of approximately 475 degrees Fahrenheit. You will want to watch them carefully while roasting so they do not burn. To ensure the temperature is accurate, you can use a thermometer to check it or use your fingers as a guide (When you can hold your finger on the bean for 4 seconds, it is at its perfect roast). Coarsely ground coffee should be taken out at about 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. When it is reached the proper temperature, you will want to put the beans on a mesh screen and let them roast for about an hour, turning them every 20 minutes. The goal is to finish all the beans so that no more than 40% of any single roast is left. When you are done, there should only be 10% of any single roast left per bean. Spread all your coffee throughout the stovetop (even if it is 1-2 cups at a time).
3. It is recommended to pour your coffee into a container and allow it to rest for approximately 12 hours before grinding. This way you will easily get the powdery fine grind or coarsely ground coffee you are looking for.
Use extra care when pouring hot beans into your storage container because the container might crack under the extreme temperature difference.