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    Can green coffee beans be roasted in a microwave oven? What might be the result if attempted?

  • #2
    Doesn't work very well I'm afraid.

    A few people have tried over the years but all you end up with, is nasty little greenish-brownish gems that taste nothing like coffee ought to. Might be different if you had a Convection/Microwave combo that included a rotisserie - Don't know if such things exist...

    Mal.

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    • #3
      Microwaves are useless for roasting or baking anything, that's not how they work. I reckon you could give it a fair go in a grille/convection oven. Whirlpool make a good one, I forget the model, i fixed one a few months ago and remember it had a dedicated grille/convection setting. Doubtless many other brands have similar systems.
      Use the preheat cycle as the ramp up then roast at 200-220C, might not even need the grille really. I might even give this a go in my convection oven (without a grille), could be fun.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by ax72 View Post
        Can green coffee beans be roasted in a microwave oven? What might be the result if attempted?
        Exploding beans?

        I'll bet there is a video on youtube somewhere.

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        • #5
          Thanks all for your advice, I won't try to roast in a microwave then.

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          • #6
            Ye of little imagination. Just for giggles I'm going to 'roast' 30g of green in my microwave, using the various power functions to control the profile. I mean, why shouldn't I be able to equal or exceed the product of the collective wisdom of people who spend their life roasting the little blighters?

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            • #7
              Sure, Barry, do let us know what happens. Perhaps you could publish a photograph of the finished product if you can please?

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              • #8
                I'll give it a rip.....can't guarantee that I'll attempt to drink the product.

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                • #9
                  I was "roasting" a few beans in the microwave, after 30 sec. there came a lot of steam out, like far beyond second crack in the hottop roaster, anyway I stopped it and I will not try it again

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