Roasting 101 in Minneapolis in 2023
Whether you are starting a business, a hobby, or the next chapter, Roasting 101 is the industry's best launching pad for coffee professionals. Our apprentice-style direction will allow you a comfortable structure through which you’ll get hands-on experience with the machinery, exposure to different greens and profiling strategies, and guided tastings to repeatedly connect our efforts to our results.
Group Discount: Register two or more students and save an additional $200 on each registration! Discount automatically applied.
FROM SAMPLE TO SUCCESS
In this class, we’ll walk through the typical steps you would take to source, sample roast, and develop a profile for a new coffee. Our apprentice-style direction will allow you a comfortable structure through which you’ll get hands-on experience with the machinery. At the machine, you’ll work as a team in a small group (4 people or less) and together we’ll all move from sample roasting through production roasting and we’ll investigate variations of light, medium and dark profiles for a single coffee.
PRACTICE & PLAY
Once we have some fundamentals down, we’ll apply what we’ve learned and play with different greens and new profiles. Using a learn-by-teaching method, students will take their experiences and offer advice to each other as they move from roaster to roaster. By sharing insights and expectations, students will begin to develop a vocabulary through which to communicate with others about what they are experiencing both with the machinery and the profile.
Over and over, we’ll return to the cup to evaluate the real output of our effort. We’ll experience the flavor, mouthfeel and body of all of our roasts but we’ll specifically investigate students’ roasts of the same green coffee render differently in the cup. We’ll review the role that cupping protocol plays in your roasting and give you practical advice on how to establish a solid cupping practice for yourself.
BEYOND THE DRUM
We operate a commercial roastery and provide roasted coffee to several cafes and private label customers. By learning and working in our facility you will become familiar with other tools and equipment that are necessary to operate a commercial roastery.
|Day 1||1pm-4pm CST||Remote class taught via Zoom|
-- Travel Day. Optional tour at Cafe Imports at 4pm CST --
|Day 3||9am-4pm CST||Class in Minneapolis at Mill City Roasters|
|Day 4||9am-4pm CST||Class in Minneapolis at Mill City Roasters|
- This class is lead by Lauren & Bryant with pep-talks from Steve and special assistance from Katrina.
- You will roast on several roasters including the MCR500, MCR-2D, MCR-3D and MCR-6.
- Lunch is included on Day 3 and 4 at Mill City Roasters.
- No perfume, aftershave, heavy scents, etc. Gotta keep the air clear to smell the coffee!
- Discounted hotel rates available.
- Sorry, no cancellation refunds within 30 days of class. Groups must all attend the same class to receive the group discount.
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