We Save $500 Every Year by Roasting Coffee Ourselves
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Our long term blog readers know that we like to roast our coffee beans in electric popcorn poppers. Now that we have two years of coffee roasting under our belt I would like to share a thought.
We burn through 5 lbs of green bean a month. That comes to $240 a year at $4 a lb. If we were to buy the same bean roasted at $12 a pound from our local roaster we would be spending roughly $720 a year. This means we are presently saving nearly $500 a year while getting the freshest roast possible. There is a case that can be made for the time spent roasting and the air poppers needed, but the time and expenses here are insignificant to us: the power to run the popper is solar generated on site, the roasters come at a buck or two from garage sales and are pulled from the waste stream and we created a life that allows us the time to do our own labor.