Want to learn how to roast or cup your coffee? We can offer several different options for you. We have two roasters available- our 5 kilo Diedrich IR-5 and our 15 kilo Joper BSR 15. Both roasters are manual (not automated) and are connected to Cropster, the most popular specialty coffee roast profiling software on the market. We offer classes for both roasters to help you gain a thorough understanding of the equipment and roasting process. If you elect to become a RoasterShare member, these roasters are available for rent as well.
In addition, we offer classes in cupping and sample roasting. We offer a 2-barrel Joper sample roaster and an SCA-compliant cupping lab. After training, we offer both of these services for rent as well.
RoasterShare also plans on offering forums and seminars for RoasterShare members, some led by highly-experienced coffee professionals. These get-togethers will address roast profiling, software, and other specialty coffee related topics.
With specialty coffee, the foundation of a successful roast is understanding the proper operation and capabilities of the equipment you are using. These classes are for both novice and experienced roaster. This class includes roaster construction and operation, shop and roaster safety, familiarization with Cropster roast profiling software, phases of the roast, and the opportunity to roast some training batches. Members must be trained and signed off in order to use the equipment.
After roasting your coffee, it's highly recommended to cup your coffee in order to ensure it's how you like it to taste. Learn the SCA way to cup and score your roasted coffees with our cupping class. Includes an overview of palate calibration and a thorough hands-on lesson on the cupping process. Several origins will be sampled in order to understand the strengths and weaknesses of each varietal.
You do not need to be a RoasterShare member to attend classes, but you will need to register as a member to rent our equipment and facilities.
Diedrich IR-5 Roaster Training:
No Diedrich roaster experience: 2.5 hours: $150, includes green coffee for 3 practice roasts and cupping the roasts the next day, if you’re available.
With Diedrich roaster experience: 1 hour, $100, includes green coffee for 1 practice roast and cupping the roast the next day, if you’re available.
Joper BSR 15 Roaster Training:
Note: These classes for the Joper assume that the students will have a roasting background on smaller equipment.
No large batch roaster experience: 3 hours: $375, includes green coffee for 3 practice roasts and cupping the roasts the next day, if you’re available.
With large batch roaster experience: 1.5 hours, $200, includes green coffee for 2 practice roasts and cupping the roasts the next day, if you’re available.
Joper 2 Barrel Sample Roaster Training
1 hour, $75, includes green coffee for 2 practice roasts and cupping the roasts the next day, if you’re available.
SCA-Compliant Cupping Training: $125