Homestead Hacker is John Brantly, a tech industry veteran and student of the 60's and 70's computer counter culture and the hacker ethic. Born in 1971, I was a young member of the first generation of "geeks" privileged to play with the personal computer and the internet.
I did some cool work in tech, but culinary adventures and feeding people delicious food are what really make me happy. Conservation of natural resources and sustainability-- these have become guiding principles. Homestead is our long-term project... backyard chickens, fruit orchards, vegetable gardens, and various instruments used to cook food over fire.
I have been roasting coffee at home for about fifteen years along with brewing beer, pickling vegetables, drying meats, and other culinary arts. I quickly learned how big of a deal freshness is with roasted coffee. Over time my obsession with creating the most delicious cup of coffee has grown.
In April of 2020, I discovered drum roasting on a propane grill. Suddenly, I could roast 10-20 times as much coffee in the same amount of time as previous home roasting systems. What could we do with this super power? Share it with others, of course!I live in Chatham County, North Carolina with my wife Katherine and our five year old daughter, Sara Beth.