Justin Gets Roasting

Justin and his partners decided on the Proaster 120 kg Batch Roasting line that included a green bean loader, destoner, afterburner and PLC control system that is manufactured by Taehwan Automation in Seoul, Korea. This wasn’t an easy decision for Justin to make, given that this would be the fi rst industrial installation of a Proaster line in Australia and so would present certain challenges in relation to timing and compliance for the local market. I also had no experience with the brand other than what I had seen at trade shows, so a quick trip to Korea was organised to inspect the quality of the equipment, as well as to nut out the viability of importing and installing one into Australia for AESP. I was also looking for a premium end range to add to our roaster product portfolio, so figured this would be a great opportunity.
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The Skillfull Roaster

One of the things I have learnt from my time in the coffee industry and dealing on a daily basis with coffee roasters is that people’s approach to and their perceptions of coffee roasting are greatly varied. There is a wide scope for adding creative flair as a coffee roaster, so one must be very careful not to judge too harshly and also to embrace the varying points of view, as this is one of the reasons the industry is so dynamic. Someone roasting coffee commercially should really aim to approach the job in a similar way that a professional chef approaches their trade. There are many similarities between the two, and I have found the coffee roasters that apply themselves in a similar manner are the ones who tend to possess the most skill and knowledge. Continue reading The Skillfull Roaster

Single Origin Verse Blends – A Roasters Perspective

The specialty coffee market is forever evolving and one of the buzz words at the moment is Single Origin. A lot of roasters and coffee outlets have or are looking to introduce single origins into the coffee repertoire but are struggling as to where it fits in the scheme of things verse the tried and tested concept of blended coffee.

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Royale Pacifique – A Coffee Roasting Success Story in New Caledonia

In May of this year I had the pleasure of supplying and installing a 60kg Coffee Roasting line in New Caledonia for local company Royal Pacifique S.A. This being my first visit to the island which was surprisingly only a one and a half hour flight from Brisbane. The Café Culture team on hearing of my visit asked if I could share my experience. Continue reading Royale Pacifique – A Coffee Roasting Success Story in New Caledonia

Consistency and Coffee

One of the biggest frustrations that I here from roasters, distributors, retailers and end consumers is “why does my coffee taste different? I’ve roasted the same beans with the same profile or I’ve ordered the same blend yet it tastes different.” I am sure everyone reading this will empathise with me but are we striving for the impossible. Is consistency achievable or are we fighting an unwinnable battle?
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Golden Bean 2011

It was Golden Bean 2011 when I was first approached by about assisting with the first large scale installation for Proaster in Australia. Justin Metcalf was moving ahead with a new coffee roasting business venture with partners as part of the company AESP. The roaster and plant setup was integral to the business getting underway and timings as always would prove critical.

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