If you don’t care for the oven, electric roaster, or just want to take your coffee roasting outside but don’t have access to a birch bark sizzling, red-hot coal burning, leg hair smoldering fire then this method is for you! This is not only a great way to embarrass your neighbour’s manhood, but to also get that grill time you have been seeking all week.  

What you will need:

-               BBQ

-               Deep pot/pan – we recommend cast-iron

-               Wooden spoon

-               Oven mitts

-               Green – unroasted coffee beans (can be purchased from Calgary Heritage Roasting Co.)

-               A pan to cool the beans when roasted

-               Approximately 15-20 minutes of your time

-               A go get ‘em attitude

Turn on your BBQ and set all of the dials to the highest heat setting. All BBQ’s operate at different temperatures so roasting time is variable, with this being said total roasting time should be 15-20 minutes. Place your deep pot/pan on the grill and let it warm up. Don’t forget to wear your oven mitts, as the pot/pan will get extremely hot. Pour desired quantity of green unroasted coffee beans into the warm pot/pan then close the BBQ lid. If you have a temperature gauge on your BBQ you will want to maintain a temperature between 205-260°C/400-500°F. Open lid and give the beans a quick stir once every 45-seconds. Stirring the beans decreases the time they touch the surface of the pot/pan significantly enhancing consistency within the roast, and prevents scorching the beans. At around the 10-minute mark the beans should turn a dark yellow/light brown. This colour will continue to darken turning to a deeper brown between the 10-15 minute mark. Make sure the coffee beans hit first crack (a light popping sound) before pulling them off of the grill, or continue roasting until your desired roast profile has been achieved. First crack can happen anywhere between 15-20 minutes dependent on BBQ temperatures. Once your desired roast profile is reached pull the beans off of heat and pour into a second pan to cool. Allow the coffee beans to off-gas for a few hours before packaging, storing, and brewing.

Now that you have read through these instructions try something new, grab a pan, some green beans and get roasting!

Pros: Neighbourhood envy. By roasting your own coffee you are proving to everyone that you are awesome, and by roasting on a BBQ you will fill the entire block with a delicious aroma! This is a seemingly simple method to roasting coffee that keeps the smoke outside (instead of in your moms kitchen). You also get to keep your BBQ skills up to par, so those summer steaks wont know what hit em.

Cons: You cannot constantly agitate the beans causing them to cook unevenly. There is heat loss every time the BBQ is opened. Not all BBQ’s operate the same and are unpredictable. This can also be said about the weather and ambient air temperature at the time of roasting.

Looking for something more visual? Check out our video on how to roast your own coffee beans at home using the BBQ technique. 

Love - CHRC Boys 

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