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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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Right now on Amazon you can get a Presto Pop Lite Air Popper for $15 (reg. $29).  That in itself is a good deal, but to make it more fun I want to encourage you to think outside the box!

About 2 years ago my husband decided to take up the hobby of roasting his own coffee beans.  We couldn’t afford a coffee roaster so he did his homework and learned that an air pop corn popper works just fine.  We actually had an old one that we used (so no money to get started) but he was right it worked great!!

It is a bit of a process learning to roast your beans.  You have to learn the sounds that they make to know when they are done, but once you learn it you’ll never be able to go back to store bought coffee again.

To get an idea of how to do this read this review or watch a short video.

You will also need green coffee beans, our go to site for those is Sweet Maria’s.  If you can’t decide what to get check out their sample packs.  They even sell “junk” beans just to help you learn how to roast properly.

One note: Once you use this to roast coffee you won’t want to use it for popcorn again.

    • guest

      Do you have a coffee grinder? If not how do you grind? I accidentally bought some whole coffee beans when they were on sale/I had a coupon and don’t have a grinder. Im wondering if the food processor would work.

      • Gina

        Do you have a blender?  The blade part of mine fits perfectly on a quart glass jar and works great.   Love being able to use one appliance for more than one thing!

        • guest

          I DO have a blender and mine fits quart jars too! That might make the blender more efficient than the food processor.

      • We do have a grinder, but a food processor should work fine for a coffee grind.  You wouldn’t be able to do a fine grind if you want fancy espresso but should be fine old regular old coffee.

      • Chiefsangeleyes

         You can also take the beans to the store…most stores have an instore grinder by the coffee you can use :)

    • Jessi Champion

      Thanks so much for the suggestion!  This will make a perfect christmas gift for my hard-to-buy-for hubby who LOOOOVES his coffee!

    • jbeezy

      Just a word to the wise — be aware that you’re going to need a good ventilation system for roasting coffee! We’ve smoked up the house several times roasting coffee in a pan on the stove. The coffee is amazing, but it’s just not worth it to us since we don’t have a great way to vent the smoke & smell (coffee does NOT smell good while roasting like you’d think).

      • Daveymorton

        Been roasting coffee this way for several years now. The amount used in a popper (2oz)  doesn’t produce a lot of smoke. Larger quantity roasting will  produce considerable amount of smoke and should be done outside.The smoke for some is a horrible smell while others find it pleasant and a good indicator of how it is roasting.  As the beans are roasted they shed a skin (chaff) that will blow everywhere. If you try it, do it on the porch or outside until you figure out a way to catch the chaff. Roasted coffee reaches it’s peak flavor about 3 days after roasting and starts losing it’s great flavor after 7 – 10 days later. Most coffee we buy (StarBuck’s included) have lost much of it’s flavor by the time we buy it. **** Warning if you try fresh roasted coffee you will have a hard time going back to drinking store bought coffees You can purchase green coffee beans for about $4.00 a pound and up  and it will yield about 12 oz of roasted coffee ( 20 -25%moisture loss ) You end up with super quality coffee that would normally cost between $20.00 – $30.00 per pound. YouTube has many video showing you how to do this. If you appreciate quality coffee then this is a great way to enjoy great tasting coffee and save money. If you enjoy your Folgers in the morning then this will not save you anything and may not be for you. If you are interested I would be glad to help walk you through it.

    • pamela

      i have so been wanting a popcorn popper. I’m a health nut & looking for healthier way to pop popcorn(i recently read that some type of chemical is released from the microwave bag into the popcorn) not for sure if this is all tru but I’m going back to the old way of making popcorn & then I can buy organic!!!!yay!!thanks jenny!  

    • Anna

      I have friends that  do this and swear by it–but with the beans they buy, it doesn’t seem to compare to coffee with coupons.  Jenny,  I’d love to know your cost comparison on this! 

    • Js

      You are so right Jenny. Fresh roasted coffee is so much better than coffee from the grocery store. We actually have a guy in Alabama that has coffee beans imported in from different several different countries. He then puts the coffee in his roaster every week and then he takes them to several farmers markets in his area. The coffee is delicious and I will never go back to store coffee again. He has a facebook profile and can be found under the name finergrindcoffee.