This video was inspired by our recent source trip to Ethiopia – where coffee plays a central role in the daily culture of that magnificent land. The smell of coffee roasting permeates the little villages and the large cities – the beans are roasted by hand in almost every household, caramelized over open flames, and prepared in a traditional ceremony that has been practiced for over 1000 years.
We were blown away by the reverence and respect given the bean – and thought we should pay a little homage by attempting to roast a small batch of beans in our own home. The process is relatively simple – requires a good cast-iron or steel pan – and about 15-20 minutes of attention. Vita has put some green beans up on their online store, take this link if you would like to order some and give it a whirl.
This morning we got up early and talked to the nice ladies at Martha Stewart Radio about green coffee and roasting at home – sadly we can’t post the audio clip as it is a satellite radio thing – but if you are a subscriber check it out.