hot air popcorn popper for coffee roastingThe official household coffee roaster

About a week ago, I posted about the Congo coffee over at The Captain's Coffee and mentioned that I'd be picking some up when my paycheck came in. Well, it took me longer to get around to it than I'd planned (yay, procrastination!), but I just popped back to place my order for 2 pounds of Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kivu 4 Special Prep at the below-cost price of $2.65/lb. It's been a while since I've roasted my own, but I'm looking forward to firing up the retro-inspired popcorn popper and filling the house with roasting smoke and blowing chaff.

Now, normally, I'd wait till I have the coffee in hand -- roasted, brewed and ready to sip -- before posting a follow-up, but when I popped back to The Captain's place, I noticed he'd updated his description of this coffee. Y'all might remember that he'd been underwhelmed by the beans -- not bad coffee, he said, just disappointing. He recommended it as a blender coffee, and was selling it below cost to encourage folks to try it as a bookmark for future years. Congo coffee, he hopes, will improve in the next few years. 

This week, the review begins with "It seems that my opinion of this coffee keeps changing." Last weekend, he served up the Congo after church services, blended 50/50 with Peruvian La Florida and got several comments that the coffee was "especially good." I'd already decided to order the Congo Kivu beans, but I decided to throw in a pound of another coffee that fits the profile of the La Florida. So.. sometime in the next week or so, I should have a couple of green coffees to play with and blend. I promise to post notes and let y'all know how they turn out.

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That is an interesting beans. Please keep us up when you receive the bean and decided to roast it. And have fun with the popcorn popper :-)

Submitted by jbviau on
Can't beat the price! Heck, shipping alone probably costs more than 2 lbs. of that Congo green. The thumbs up from the church crowd is likely a good sign. Fingers crossed!

Gotta say sometimes the total is greater than the sum of the parts when it comes to coffee blending, which is why a good blend is always worth more to me than a really good SO. I hope you have some luck blending it up.

Submitted by Chamie on
I'll definitely post roasting notes when it arrives. When someone who roasts regularly and is quite knowledgeable is intrigued, I find myself intrigued as well. And then, I've always been a sucker for the underdog -- the quickest way to get me to NOT try something is to tell me that EVERYONE loves it.

Submitted by Chamie on
Yep -- the cheapest shipping is about $3 more than the two pounds of beans. At that price, it's about half the price of a comparable amount of supermarket coffee -- and I don't care how "disappointing" it is, it's gotta be better fresh-roasted than canned coffee off the shelf.

Submitted by Chamie on
You know, I'm usually a SO kinda gal, but I'm learning to appreciate blends. Still, I'll almost always pick a good Ethiopian over just about anything.

Submitted by Chamie on
It's fun and easy. And my beans should be here today. I promise to video the first roasting and post it up.

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hot air popcorn popper for coffee roastingThe official household coffee roaster

About a week ago, I posted about the Congo coffee over at The Captain's Coffee and mentioned that I'd be picking some up when my paycheck came in. Well, it took me longer to get around to it than I'd planned (yay, procrastination!), but I just popped back to place my order for 2 pounds of Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kivu 4 Special Prep at the below-cost price of $2.65/lb. It's been a while since I've roasted my own, but I'm looking forward to firing up the retro-inspired popcorn popper and filling the house with roasting smoke and blowing chaff.

Now, normally, I'd wait till I have the coffee in hand -- roasted, brewed and ready to sip -- before posting a follow-up, but when I popped back to The Captain's place, I noticed he'd updated his description of this coffee. Y'all might remember that he'd been underwhelmed by the beans -- not bad coffee, he said, just disappointing. He recommended it as a blender coffee, and was selling it below cost to encourage folks to try it as a bookmark for future years. Congo coffee, he hopes, will improve in the next few years. 

This week, the review begins with "It seems that my opinion of this coffee keeps changing." Last weekend, he served up the Congo after church services, blended 50/50 with Peruvian La Florida and got several comments that the coffee was "especially good." I'd already decided to order the Congo Kivu beans, but I decided to throw in a pound of another coffee that fits the profile of the La Florida. So.. sometime in the next week or so, I should have a couple of green coffees to play with and blend. I promise to post notes and let y'all know how they turn out.

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@hoonchul

April 11, 2012 | by Chamie

It's fun and easy. And my beans should be here today. I promise to video the first roasting and post it up.

All this talk about home

April 11, 2012 | by hoonchul@hotmail.com

All this talk about home roasting is making want to try it myself. Plus I like saving money when ever I can.

Congo

April 9, 2012 | by jbviau

Can't beat the price! Heck, shipping alone probably costs more than 2 lbs. of that Congo green. The thumbs up from the church crowd is likely a good sign. Fingers crossed!

@intrepid510

April 9, 2012 | by Chamie

You know, I'm usually a SO kinda gal, but I'm learning to appreciate blends. Still, I'll almost always pick a good Ethiopian over just about anything.

@jbviau

April 9, 2012 | by Chamie

Yep -- the cheapest shipping is about $3 more than the two pounds of beans. At that price, it's about half the price of a comparable amount of supermarket coffee -- and I don't care how "disappointing" it is, it's gotta be better fresh-roasted than canned coffee off the shelf.

@son ton

April 9, 2012 | by Chamie

I'll definitely post roasting notes when it arrives. When someone who roasts regularly and is quite knowledgeable is intrigued, I find myself intrigued as well. And then, I've always been a sucker for the underdog -- the quickest way to get me to NOT try something is to tell me that EVERYONE loves it.

Gotta say sometimes the

April 9, 2012 | by intrepid510

Gotta say sometimes the total is greater than the sum of the parts when it comes to coffee blending, which is why a good blend is always worth more to me than a really good SO. I hope you have some luck blending it up.

interesting!

April 8, 2012 | by sontondaman

That is an interesting beans. Please keep us up when you receive the bean and decided to roast it. And have fun with the popcorn popper :-)

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