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How to roast your own coffee beans

If your caffeine fix is draining your finances, then wake up and smell the coffee!

By Wendyl Nissen
You don’t necessarily need fancy equipment to make your favourite cuppa.
  1. Get a large, heavy-based frying pan and put it on a medium heat.
  2. Pour in a layer of green coffee beans. Stir or shake the pan to get the heat evenly distributed.
  3. Adjust the heat if you need to, but the beans should start to turn brown fairly quickly, so keep turning and shaking. They will start to shine, which is a sign the oil is being released, and they will smoke and you will hear a cracking sound.
  4. When they are mostly dark brown and the cracking sound gets a little less frequent, tip them out on some newspaper. They will continue to cook for a while and then cool.
  5. Once cool, store in an airtight container and leave for about four days before you start using them.
TIP: You can buy green coffee beans on the internet.

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