Firing Up Coffee Beans Highlights Their Unique Characteristics

Matt Kirouac

For certain coffee aficionados, roasting over an open fire is not only an homage to coffee’s earliest roots, but a means of highlighting its unique characteristics. Eschewing gas ovens and mechanized practices, this practice recalls an era when the focus wasn’t on uniformity, but a commitment to creating coffee of the highest quality in all its versatile glory.

“I found the history of coffee mostly being roasted over...