Worldman wrote:I just don't see the need to roast my own when freshly raosted beans are available to me at will (as long as I drive to the roastery or a couple of coffee bars to get them). One supposes that most of you also have decent local roasters. Why then do you home roast? What is the advantage?
Len et al.-
The above statement is exactly where my mind was just a few weeks ago. Why would you go through all that trouble?
Well, I do not home roast, and I probably won't even try for sometime.... I quite simply don't have the time to invest in learning roasting right now.... That and the fact that I have available to me multiple local roasters, and online retailers that can reach me within a few days post roast. But, that being said, I can see why one would go through the trouble now.
Why would I like to home roast:
With a roaster, large or small, there will be changes out of your control... and you will most likely never know about the change until you've suffered a noticable change in the cup. Unless you keep close tabs on or are super friendly with a local roaster, you'll not know that a blend has changed, this or that lot ran out, etc, etc. Now, your roaster should be cupping and reformulating blends, and keeping things as close to the same as possible, but there will be changes. Beyond lots and blends, I experience a little frustration in roast level changes from batch to batch with a local roaster. Home roasting offers complete control (and potentially complete failure I suppose).
I imagine that learing to cup and roast coffees and utimatley blend some coffees can be a pretty incredible journey. Could *I* do it right now, even given the time in my schedule to magically home roast, I'm not so sure I could. I think my palate is too young to understand where to even begin right now. I've only been serious about espresso for a very short time, and I feel like I need to spend a lot more time learning from the good coffees (and bad coffees too) that are out there right now. I hope to become involved with some local cuppings someday soon to start this journey.
MY THIRD POINT?
Huh, I thought I had another major reason why.... it escaped me!
Something like for the fun, satisfaction, ownership, craftsmanship, artistry of it all. Or something...