I've been on a break, a coffee break, a break with my personal coffee tradition.
After dreaming about it for years, I am finally roasting my own coffee. With the current fashion for dark roasts, I, a light-roast drinker, have been suffering. Now, I roast to taste - and so fresh!
But wait, there's more: don't spend $100 on a home roaster . . .
. . . I'm using our almost-abandoned, old popcorn popper. If you know all about this, stop reading now.
For those who don't:
I got my beans from Birds & Beans, in Toronto. I ordered a green bean sample pack: six half-pound bags from different countries. It's all Fair Trade and mostly "bird friendly" and/or shade grown. This cost Can$26, plus about Can$10 for shipping and tax. - so about $12/lb to your door, arriving in about a week, complete with Canada Post tracking. Once you've settled on a coffee you like, you could order larger quantities and bring your price per pound down a fair bit.
Enjoy the unbeatable aroma of coffee roasting in your own home.
PS: You can also roast dried dandelion root this way. I tried it and, as a bonus, it spits out the roasted root when it's done.