I'm well on my way to complete coffee snobbery. Essential to achieving this is being able to roast your own coffee from green coffee beans, which gives the most amazing fresh flavor and scent. Not to mention the ability to casually mention you roasted this particular cup of coffee yourself...
Here's my inventory for home roasting:
Hot air popcorn popper
Green coffee beans
1/4 cup measuring cup
round bottom stainless steel bowl
flat bottom stainless steel bowls (I use 2 of them)
The popcorn popper is an "Air Crazy" by West Bend - I got mine at Target for about $20. Ignore the terrible reviews
- you aren't using it for popcorn.
I got the strainer and round bowl from the kitchen aisle at Smart N Final - any big retailer should have them.
The flat bottom bowls came from Petco - yes, they are dog food bowls.
I get my Green Coffee Beans from Sweet Maria's
in Oakland California - they have a great mail order website. I recommend a 4 lb sampler
to get started - that's plenty of coffee to learn how to roast.