Stovetop Popcorn Maker Coffee Roasting
Home Coffee Roasting
The Whirley-Pop stovetop popcorn popper seems to be the choice of experienced home coffee roasters. You can use it preferably on a gas burner with a huge vent fan above or on a large electric burner. The Whirley-Pop sports a hinged lid, which makes it easy for viewing the delightful coffee beans as they roast. To roast you need a scale, thermometer, metal colander, obviously the appliance and some oven mitts (I always keep a spray bottle nearby just in case).
How to Roast:
- Set all your gear out, put the stovetop vent hood on and open a window.
- Measure 8 ounces of beans.
- Heat the Whirley-Pop's air to 400 degrees on a low setting.
- Put your beans in and use the hand crank continuously at a moderate pace.
- Try and keep the temperature between 350 degrees and 400 degrees for optimal roasting.
- About 5 minutes later you should hear the first crack, reduce the heat slightly.
- If you like a darker roast (which has less caffeine) listen for the second crack, about 5 minutes later (Keep checking the beans about every minute).
- After the second crack, which sounds quieter than the first crack, toss the beans into the metal colander and wait for cooling. If there is chaff just shake it off.but do it outside or your pets will be wired!
To be honest, this method is trial and error based. Ensure you use the hand crank so the beans do not stick to the bottom and burn. The whole shebang should take about 10 minutes give or take. Keep an eye on the temperature and remove the stovetop popcorn popper from the stove if the temperature goes above 450 degrees. Otherwise, all you'll get is burnt coffee beans. If this method scares you, or you're lazy, I would try the automatic coffee roasting machines.
There are other ways to do stovetop roasting using a pan or a wok, but I wouldn't waste my time. I find these methods don't give a consistent roast and are quite messy.