The first step to making your own chocolate from scratch is roasting the cocoa beans. Roasting cocoa beans is pretty much like roasting coffee beans, only with some more specific requirements. You have the option of either roasting the beans in your own oven or use a coffee bean roaster. Roasting the beans first not only gets rid of the contaminants that could be on raw cocoa beans, but most importantly, it brings out the flavor that everyone is familiar with. It’ll take anywhere from 5 to 35 minutes at 250 – 350 degrees F. Start roasting the beans at a high temperature, and then gradually bring it down. When the beans start to crack, you’ll know the process is complete.
Very light roast is also known as half-city roast, cinnamon roast, and New England roast. This kind produces coffee that is dry, with an acidic or sour taste and sometimes grainy. The beans are tan or yellow colored. A light roast is for milder coffee variants and no oil comes out as the beans are not roasted for a long time. This kind is sometimes called a city or American roast and the beans come out medium brown. Medium sometimes is referred as full city, Vienna, or continental roast. The effect of this roast on the beans as it starts to darken is a smooth flavor. The coffee tends to be acidic but slightly sweet.
Be sure you can open and operate a coffee shop there. Then again, your landlord should have already qualified your business type prior to getting to the lease negotiation. If you plan to sell coffee beans you are roasting on premises, be sure you can actually roast them there. If you plan to rent a 1st floor space and there are other units or apartments above you, be sure you check with the city about use of open flames or proper venting for your best roaster oven. You may be required to run the venting through the upper units and box it in rather than up the outside of the building.
It is a bad idea to let coffee sit on a hot burner after brewing. Keeping the heat on will cause your coffee to “cook,” and will ruin its freshly-brewed flavor. Instead, unplug your coffee-maker or other appliance, or transfer the coffee to an insulated pot to keep it hot.
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Be sure that everything is highly sanitized before beginning the brewing process. Gentle soap and water will do the job to clean everything. Taking care to sanitize everything will help everything come out much better. 10 liters of cold water need to be poured into a 10 gallon pail. In a stock pot bring 7 liters of water to a boil. Add one can of malt extract. Cook and stir while uncovered for about 20 minutes. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. When sugar dissolves pour it into the pail. Use bottled drinking water until it is neutral. Pour in the yeast and give it a stir, then cover. The mix will be ready in 6-10 days and is best served at 16-20 degrees Celsius.