I have been given Twenty Pounds of Green (Un-Roasted) Coffee Beans.
They arrived in a big black garbage bag, and are a collection of about fifteen plastic bags, each bag with a label.
I, of course, weighed them the minute I reached home. Twenty Pounds.
You can do the math for yourself and see the dollar value of the unroasted beans.
So, I can buy a rotary roaster for around $250 plus tax (plus delivery plus ...) or I can pick up a popcorn air-popper at a second-hand good store – or I can make a small trial batch in my toaster oven.
I opened my windows, for I had read stories of smoke (“better that you do this outside on the barbecue ...”) and turned on my oven-hood fan full bore, placed the toaster oven on top of the stove, and set in a tray of beans, pressed the lever, and after two minutes decided that the beans weren’t roasted enough. Pressed the lever a second time and was rewarded with flames!
Two days later I tried less time in the oven – with the results you see above.
I have ground this batch and been enjoying free coffee for the past three days. The coffee looks good when ground, but tastes more like the ersatz stuff I made out of pumpkin seeds forty years ago. Maybe that’s just the bean type I used – “Mello”.
I plan on continuing my trials.
Why, oh why?
What is the value of looking back to see whether Yesterday’s Horoscope was valid?