Ahhh, Spring- birds singing, flowers blooming, and everything is once again green. What a better time to start up a new hobby? How about trying your hand at roasting coffee at home? It's not as hard as you might think. If you need a starting point, check out this interview with our very own Andrew, himself a home roaster of 14 years. Taking our cue from Nature, ACR is celebrating all things green this month by offering some of our most novice-friendly green coffee beans online for home roasters. Not only are we offering green coffee online now, but 

THEY'RE ON SALE!

First up, we have Brazil Cerrado

Naturally low in acidity, Brazil Cerrado is great for the novice home roaster. A lighter, medium roast brings out peanut tones, while a darker roast brings out dark chocolate notes. Delicious in just about any roast level. As one of our least expensive options, this is a great place to start. Pulped-natural process.

Next, we have Bali Kintamani.

Bali Kintamani is by far one of our most popular natural process coffees. Naturally low in acidity, this one boasts quite the flavorful punch of blueberry. The natural or dry process allows the coffee cherry to dry on the coffee bean, and in doing so, the flavor of the cherry, in this case a blueberry note, is naturally imparted to the bean. There is no artificial flavor added to make this coffee taste this way. It is completely natural. This coffee is robust, so feel free to roast it as lightly or darkly as your heart desires. Just keep in mind, the darker you roast the coffee, the less of the blueberry you'll taste.

Always a classic, we have Colombia.

This coffee is great for the novice home roaster. Roast it as light or as dark as you want, you're still likely to get a delicious, homey cup of coffee. There's nothing too complicated or busy about the taste, so it's definitely a crowd-pleaser. Try a Vienna roast, you'll be glad you did. Washed processed.

You can't go wrong with Costa Rica Tarrazu.

This renowned coffee comes from the Tarrazu region, and is an all-around crowd pleaser. Roasted to medium, this coffee has a luscious caramel tone and full body. Roast it a little darker and you get a deep complex, yet comforting cup. Washed processed.

Another all-time favorite, Guatemala Huehuetenango.

This Guatemalan coffee comes from the Huehuetenango (pronounced way-way-tin-ango) region of Northern Guatemala. This coffee is delicious roasted to full-city medium or even a darker Vienna roast. Its lively nuances are a classic choice. With a full body and complex notes, you'll definitely enjoy this one. Washed processed.

Keep it lively with Ethiopia Yirgacheffe.

Ethiopia Yirgacheffe is one of our most popular coffees, hands down. This coffee isn't recommended for a home roaster just starting out. It has bright and lively tones that get lost in a darker roast, so you'll need to pay a closer attention when roasting. Some of our clients enjoy this coffee as a cinnamon roast (light roast), but we have had much success roasting it to medium. You'll love the clean finish and bright citrus tones. Washed processed.

Oh, that delicious Sumatra Mandheling.

Sumatra Mandheling is a semi-washed processed coffee, which is customary for the region due to the high humidity in the area. Naturally low in acidity, it's a great choice for those who are sensitive to acidity. This coffee is earthy and robust, with a full body. Roast anywhere from medium to dark, this bean can take it and still leave you with a smooth cup.

Last but most certainly not least, the most delicious decaf coffee you've ever tried, Decaf Mountain Water Process Brazil.

From the same region as our popular Brazil Cerrado, this decaf version lets you enjoy your coffee and still get to sleep at a decent time. This coffee is Mountain Water Processed, so the flavor of the bean was preserved without the use of harsh chemicals that leave most decafs tasting flat. I like to think of this process as similar to boiling chicken in chicken stock instead of just water. The natural flavor isn’t leached away from the bean (or chicken), but kind of reinforced in a way. Roast it from medium to dark if you wish, as the coffee takes on a different personality at different levels of roast. Naturally low in acidity, this would be an amazing gift for your loved ones who are sensitive to acidity or caffeine. Washed processed. You'll be surprised it's decaf!

Photo credits: Photo by nousnou iwasaki on Unsplash (roast level squares) Photo by Battlecreek Coffee Roasters on Unsplash (green coffee beans)