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How to roast coffee beans (& guinea pig) over fire

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I'm from Chicago but have been living in the beautiful south American country of Ecuador ten months out of the year for the last seven years.  Ecuador produces many products that we use everyday; bananas, chocolate (cacao), and the most important substance on earth: Coffee.  You would probably be surprised to know that most ecuadorians don't drink "real" coffee.  That's right they drink instant Nescafe.  Nice to see big business at work in a third world country.  Being from the United States of Starbucks we love our coffee.  So we had a friend show us all about coffee, from picking to roasting the beans.  Here I'll just show how to roast green coffee beans in a clay pot over a fire.  Some of the old-timers here still do it that way and will prepare it to drink as they eat grilled guinea pig or cuy as they're called here.  Yum!
 
 
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Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials
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- Green coffee beans
- Large open clay pot (can also use large metal bowl but not as cool as clay!)
- Long handled wooden spoon (the longer the better)
- Pan to cool hot beans
- Fire starting apparatus (ie. matches, flint, lightning bolt)
- Firewood 
- Hot pads or oven mitt
- Guinea pig ( optional )
-  Sharpened stick ( for the guinea pig )
I hate you! Guinea pigs are amazing and you're cooking them?! Wtf is wrong with you! Gosh!

Don't be so judgmental. I have keep chickens and ducks as pets but don't go off my rocker every time someone goes into KFC. I'm leaving to visit Ecuador and Peru in 2 weeks and am actually looking forward to trying Guinea Pig. They look a lot bigger and tastier than the ones here in Australia.

@misty_ninja, Hey there! Careful not to judge, there are folks on this site from around the world that think the hamburger you would prefer comes from a cute and cuddly cow.

Guinea Pigs are cute to be sure, from our point of view... ... but some people don't exactly have a grocery store nearby nor the money to choose the food they eat so easily...

Phiske (author)  Misty_Ninja1 year ago
It's not me that cooked them. Anyway it is kinda gross but they do eat them here in Ecuador. They roast them on a spit over coals. To them it's normal, to me it's like eating a pet. When I was served guinea pig at a friends house I tried a piece and couldn't finish it. It was a mental conditioning that it's a pet. But on the other hand if you eat beef, poultry, or fish you can't be hating on other cultures for their choices. I mean, who decided that we should put a guinea pig in a cage and call it a pet?
cooked12 years ago
great post, can't wait to try. Thanks.
Can I replace the Guinea Pig with Rat?
Tobita4 years ago
Great instructable! but if you add a bit of cardamom and cook it a bit lighter, you end up with arabic coffee.