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BECOME A COFFEE ROASTER

HOW TO BECOME A PROFESSIONAL

COFFEE ROASTER

Easy peasy guide

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Specialty coffee is a worldwide growing market. Market leading brands like Comandante or Chemex have difficulties to follow the exploding demand for their products. Especially due to the pandemic, many people started to get serious about home brewing and, instead of spending money on partying; they invested in better coffee and coffee brewing equipment.

This consciousness requires better qualified coffee roasters, because clients are eager for higher quality specialty coffee. One step to improve quality is to buy higher quality green coffee, which can get pretty costly; another step is to improve professional coffee roasting skills.

Specialty coffee is a worldwide growing market. Market leading brands like Comandante or Chemex have difficulties to follow the exploding demand for their products. Especially due to the pandemic, many people started to get serious about home brewing and, instead of spending money on partying; they invested in better coffee and coffee brewing equipment.

This consciousness requires better qualified coffee roasters, because clients are eager for higher quality specialty coffee. One step to improve quality is to buy higher quality green coffee, which can get pretty costly; another step is to improve professional coffee roasting skills.

What is a professional coffee roaster?

  • A skillful experienced coffee roaster who designs perfect roasting curves
  • Makes good quality green coffee perform excellent
  • Creates a flavor identity of a coffee brand

There are many ways to become a professional coffee roaster. We took different roasting courses to get as much knowledge as possible, in the end, we realized that we want to educate coffee roasters in a very special way; to understand coffee and make it perform excellent.

Our coffee roaster trainers have knowledge in all areas of coffee. We started as baristas and then became Germany’s cup taster champion in 2019, now we develop coffees through fermentation and drying processes, export green coffee worldwide, and teach everything from farm to cup. Our trainers have been part of judging panels in different countries in Latin-America during coffee competitions.

What will you learn in a professional coffee roasting course?

  • To understand roasting principles deeply
  • To understand the design of common coffee roasters
  • To understand green coffee
  • To design a roasting protocol
  • To design a roasting curve
  • Hands on experience, guided by a professional
  • Cup, analyze, readjust
  • Information management
  • How to avoid roasting defects
  • Roaster’s maintenance and cleaning
  • Save hundreds of hours of reading and experimenting

Is it possible to be self-taught and experiment to become a professional roaster? Bear in mind that you may:

  • Spend months or even years reading articles, books, videos and filter good information
  • Read misleading/ bad information
  • Need to find a place where you can lease a roaster and get experience
  • Have a lot of auto discipline
  • Trial & error
  • Invest into a lot of coffee while you’re gathering skills
  • Misinterpret one trial results to other coffee, which might behave pretty different

What kind of roaster do you need to become a professional?

  • Sample roaster
  • Production roaster 2.5-25kg
  • Industrial roaster 100+kg

A sample roast is a small batch roaster and is available as traditional drum roasters or fluidized hot bed air roaster. The advantage is that it’s perfect to get to understand a coffee’s cup profile but it takes ages to produce coffee for sale. Most of the sample roasters have analogue thermocouples so you should invest into digital ones if you plan to understand coffee roasting with a sample roaster.

A production roaster for specialty coffee has usually the capacity of 2.5kg as a small shop roaster and 25kg (up to 800kg/day!) roaster for retailers.

Big industrial roasters are not so present in specialty coffee, but are worth to understand and take a step into industrial coffee.