In other news I see Chris at the Daily Briar (http://thedailybriar.blogspot.com/2012/01/dublin-or-bust.html) making some unbelievable pipes and this lights the fire for a higher level of involvement yet the problem is distinct: I am no craftsman. So the next goal would be tobacco, but I am no farmer and am certainly not patient enough to persevere through the curing process. However, I found something a bit less involved with a similar level of DIY reward: Coffee Roasting!
I have friends who have successfully done this for some time, and my time had come. So I ordered a popcorn popper (cheapest accurate method of home roasting - I'm told by www.sweetmarias.com) and it seems to be the case. However, the five pounds of unroasted coffee came a days before the popcorn popper. Being as impatient as I am I looked for other "home roasting methods." While no one particularly advocated it it turns out the roasting can be done on a stove-top with such things as cast iron pans or a wok. It's messy, unscientific, but FUN!
Here is the process in pictures:
|Raw Green Beans from CoffeeBeanDirect via Amazon|
|Some roasted and unroasted beans together|
|The Final Product|
|Said Product in a jar|
Anyhow, it's been a great and tasty adventure so far. Highly recommended. I won't be "going pro" but I do find the cost-benefit analysis comes out VERY high on the investment of time here. You can do it. Go for it. Future project: finding the best roast to pair with a pipe.