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Smoked Coffee

brew

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Yeah, I get it, you told me so.  But experimentation is always fun so I will keep satisfying my curiosities.
 

squirrel

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I must admit that I'm with Brew on this. You can tell me all day long it's a bad idea, but chances are I'm gonna have to find out for myself. It's the "mad scientist" in me that makes me do these crazy smokes. I have plans to cold smoke mango flesh and make a salsa with it, but that's another thread.

p.s. I'm still gonna try this and Harry you do understand I am talking about COLD smoking, not roasting? I will not burn the beans with a cold smoke. I'm also going to grind some cinnamon into my dust for the cold smoke. I'm hard headed what can I say.
 
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brew

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I think the cold smoked mango salsa is a great idea.  Smoked tomatoes make great salsa and pasta sauce, why not smoke the mangoes.  But yeah...another thread.  ;)
 

smokewire

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Working so hard just for a coffee is seriously not worth your time..but i liked the idea of coffee roaster...I would love to try it...
 

harryho

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I must admit that I'm with Brew on this. You can tell me all day long it's a bad idea, but chances are I'm gonna have to find out for myself. It's the "mad scientist" in me that makes me do these crazy smokes. I have plans to cold smoke mango flesh and make a salsa with it, but that's another thread.

p.s. I'm still gonna try this and Harry you do understand I am talking about COLD smoking, not roasting? I will not burn the beans with a cold smoke. I'm also going to grind some cinnamon into my dust for the cold smoke. I'm hard headed what can I say.
I did mention that cold smoking would be better idea.

....I do understand the inquisitive minds.......I'm guilty of it myself. Some ideas work, some don't.........I just saw it coming based on how Brew  described what his plans were.  I have been roasting coffee for 12 years, 7 of them on a professional level. I should know my craft very well by now.
 

ak1

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Yeah, but sometimes it's just fun to try.
 

coffee_junkie

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Just curious, but could you add coffee beans to your smoking wood, and smoke something with them?
I think it would be bad, like they said burnt beans are horrible, BUT I have used very fine ground espresso beans in a rub, the rub was for a mule dear tenderloin and it was outstanding!
 

harryho

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I think it would be bad, like they said burnt beans are horrible, BUT I have used very fine ground espresso beans in a rub, the rub was for a mule dear tenderloin and it was outstanding!
I have noticed a growing interest in using fresh ground coffee in rubs.
 
 

scubadoo97

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As a home coffee roaster I can tell you the smoke given off when roasting doesn't smell at all like the finished product. and certainly not like smoking wood.  Can beans be used as a source of smoke?  Well why not but it will taste different.  I've used pistachio shells to smoke food with and they work great.  Coffee beans are a bit different but for those prone to experimentation can give it a whirl and get back to us. 

I like to taste the subtle flavors in coffee so I know I would not want to taste it smoked which would dominate the flavor.
 

brew

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Cheers to experimentation, even when the results are horrendous.  After all, someone had to be the first to say, "you know, I bet this meat would taste good if I cooked it for a long time over this wood fire..."
 
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harryho

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There's a reason why I knew exactly what your experiment resulted in.....it's been done before......it's nothing new.
 
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buffalosmoke

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I think the best approach to this would be a wood fired roaster, like harryho mentioned. I too roast at home, and can attest to a roast that's gone too long, or a long roast at lower temps(more baked than roasted).

I do however, use finely ground coffee in many of my rubs. Adds a nice flavor to them.

I will say that there's something special about getting up at 5am to get the smoker going and having a cup of really good fresh brewed coffee while I am attending the smoker....the smell of the smoke wafting through the early morning air, the aroma and flavor of the Ethiopian Yirg....

I can see why you needed to try this!   Maybe roasting some green beans in a cast iron skillet over a wood fire might yield better results?
 

buffalosmoke

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I was in a local farm stand type place that sells local goods picking up some local blueberries, corn and summer squash today. And, as I walked by the coffee bean section, something caught my eye. Wood roasted coffee beans! They are roasted in a wood fired roaster up in Maine. I picked up a bag of Ethiopia Sidamo Washed. I haven't opened it yet, but I'll try some in a french press tomorrow morning and let you know how it was.

I didn't want to post a link,,,but if you google wood roasted coffee, you'll find several companies that do this.
 

railrunner130

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I think this could work and come out well under the following circumstances-

1. You need to get the right beans for the right wood.

2. You need the right time/ temperature combination.

3. It seems to me that when you have it is important. First thing in the morning- notsomuch. After dinner, out on the patio when there is a chill in the air would be perfect. Perhaps cherry smoked coffee with a couple pieces of good chocolate would be appropriate.

What I'm not sure of is if it needs to be turned or if smoking it on a sheet pan would do. My temptation is to try it on a sheet pan first. If it works and we like it, perhaps upgrade to something that will turn it.
 

tiki guy

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PA-LEEEEEZ   let me know how that goes I loves BBQ and little baby Jesus I loves COFFEE
 

scarbelly

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I am a home roaster for several years now and I can not imagine this could taste good. I would be willing to try it but I have a hard time beleiving the coffee could be any good.
 

railrunner130

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I'm finally to a point where I can give it a try- I got some green beans from a guy at work that roasts his own. Since my last post on this subject, my thoughts have evolved some.

I've got a WSM. I have a few questions that perhaps the experts can help with.

1. Do I need to put water in the bowl, or is that counter-productive?

2. I'm concerned about getting the temperature up. What can I do to promote the heat? My thought is to either put the beans in a cast iron skillet or in an aluminum foil packet. The packet would go directly in the firebox area. Either way, do I need to add vegetable oil or something to keep the beans from sticking?
 

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