Our First Coffee Roaster
Today is a big day for The Caffeinery... Today is the day that our first coffee roaster has arrived! Thanks to the meticulous packaging skills by the crew at Mill City Roasters, our new 2kg roaster has arrived in excellent condition. This is our first of two roasters that we have planned to purchase. The 2kg will serve as our small-batch and sample roaster for our roasting facility. The second roaster will be a 15kg that will serve as our production roaster.
This is a big turning point for The Caffeinery, as moving into roasting will allow us to take our coffee program to the next level in terms of quality control. Up to this point, we have existed solely as a multi-roaster shop that has meticulously sought out roasters from all over the US that we consider to be the best in the specialty coffee industry. We've spent the last 4-years tasting and learning from these roasters whilst fine-tuning our establishment in an effort to continuously improve upon what we set out to do on a daily basis. It wasn't until a few years ago that Lauren and I had begun to discuss the possibility of starting our own roasting program. For us, it just seemed like the next logical step. After all, there are essentially two avenues going forward... Open a second shop, or start roasting. Roasting seemed to be the better of the two because it would allow for growth in a number of different ways.
We have no delusions that this will be a quick and easy path. However, those of you that know us know that we are extremely methodical and don't tend to do anything half-assed. We are going to spend the next couple of months learning everything we can about the coffee roasting process. Up to this point I've read every book that I have been able to get my hands on regarding coffee and roasting. Now, the only thing left to do is to get my hands dirty (so-to-speak), and start putting in some serious hours on the roaster. I suppose we could have saved some time and hired someone with roasting experience, but Lauren and I really wanted to start our program from the ground up. Besides, it's hard to lead, manage, and inspire anyone if you don't know how to do the job proper.
Alright, that's enough for now... We don't even have this thing hooked up yet and it's driving me nuts. I will update everyone as our new roasting program progresses. Until then, have a great day!