ROASTING is a simple, linear cooking art, yet it is filled with variables that can make dramatic differences in your coffee. Roasting artisans have the process down pat. If you want to control every aspect of coffee enjoyment, roasting at home is the way to go.

Unless you grow your own coffee, which is impossible for most of us, roasting completes the circle of coffee involvement. It’s also fun, and perhaps even more than brewing, allows you to witness the alchemy of turning these little fruit seeds called coffee beans into real, sweet-smelling treasure chests filled with aromatic, flavorful oils.

Roasting at home doesn’t mean you’ll never buy roasted coffee. In fact, you just may develop a new appreciation for the ...

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