- THE GOODS INSIDE
- This popcorn popper is the simplest entry point to home roasting. While some poppers blow hot air straight up from the bottom, elevating the popcorn seeds (or coffee beans), this unit blows air in from the sides of the chamber, spinning the contents in a small vortex. This is more efficient. While the roast process is quite fast when using popper technology, it allows the novice to get familiar with home roasting and discover the magic with minimal investment.
- It would probably be easy to pass along marginal grade coffee to novices, but that's opposite of what we've done here. We have selected four high-quality coffees, each with distinctly different characteristics so you can discover how doable it is to achieve impressive results at home.
Kenya - Kenya coffees are often regarded as some of the best coffees in the world. They are bright, with crisp vibrant acidity and nuances of dried fruits and cocoa.
Ethiopia Dry Process - The aroma and flavors of this coffee often blow the minds of folks just starting out. We affectionately refer to this coffee as a "blueberry bomb" because of the very distinct berry fruit notes that are front and center. Much of this stems from the Dry Processing of the coffee cherries at harvest.
Guatemala - These Central American coffees consistently rank on the high end. The selection we've included is suited for roasting light or dark, sporting rich chocolate and caramel notes.
Panama - Panama is also celebrated as an origin of top shelf coffees, giving credit to its many unique micro-climates. Often noted for chocolate and citrus notes, as well as layers of nuance. These are also suitable for light and darker roasts.
- Consistent with our design style: clean, simple.
- We really, really want you to take notes on your roasts. There are so many variables in play that affect your final cup, that note-taking discipline will move your quality and consistency ahead much faster. Trust us.
- The brightly-colored card in the photo is a tool. It is a reproduction of the official SCA color wheel, noting all the flavor nuances found in coffee. Use this to improve your sensory development and memory. The Lab Card also includes a coffee roast color chart. This is an approximation of the technical color spectrum developed by the fine folks at Agtron. While this only mimics their number range and colors, it is designed to help you develop some color targets and consistency as you learn.
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For more information on how to roast coffee in a popcorn popper, check out our step by step guide HERE.