Below is the roasting equipment we use. While we aren’t roasters all of our clients are. Their operations range from 10 kilos to 75,000 lbs a week. Therefore, we have to know and understand our various customer coffee preferences and what suites their individual tastes. This means we spend a great deal of time cupping coffee to ensure our coffee meets our standards. Should you ever need some input on a blend your working on or trying to create a particular taste in the cup, give us a shout, our opinions are free.
Pro's: It's brand new and I can roast up to 5 lbs. The machine really is slick, roasts are always even. Using digital temperature settings are way more convenient.
Cons: The cooling tray does a great job of cooling, but it's challenging to get roasted coffee out of tray. Challenging to keep temps where they need to be if roasting outside.
Pros: The heat is consistent and the amounts are perfect enough for us to cup it and have some left over to play with some blending ideas. Must rely on actual senses to roast to desired profile.
Cons: It has no thermometer anywhere. Cooling trays are slow. It's electric.
Pros: It has 4 barrels, drastically cutting down the time it takes to roast. Runs on propane.
Cons: It's taken a beating and we've had to replace a few parts on it.
Pros: Ease of use and consistent roast profiles. Holds temperatures nicely.
Cons: Only roast 6 ounces at a time. In fairness it is a sample roaster, but 6 ounces is only enough to cup, not to play with blending possibilities.