Roasting 101 in Minneapolis in 2024

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New for 2024, we've added an extra day of hands-on coffee roasting training plus an optional, casual Saturday morning Coffee Break session focused on business topics.

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. 

Students will also receive an invitation to our online library of exclusive training videos. Watching these short lessons before joining us in Minneapolis will provide a helpful overview to specialty coffee roasting and prepare you for the hands-on portion of class. 

Early Bird Discount: Register early and you pay $1300 $1100!

Group Discount: Register two or more students and save an additional $200 on each registration! Discount automatically applied.

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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 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.


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 rendered 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.


Before class begins, students will have access to a private video library with content to help them get ready to roast. Watch short videos on topics such as green coffee sourcing, green quality grading, sample roasting, and an overview of manual and digital control roasters. You'll be able to learn at your own pace and rewatch videos for clarity.


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.


Wednesday1pm-5pmSensory training, space planning, tour at Cafe Imports' green coffee warehouse
Thursday9am-4:30pm Cupping and calibration, roast level exploration, guided roasting exercises
Friday9am-4:30pmTeam roasting challenges, blend building, roasting naturals, machine care & maintenance
9am-11amOptional, casual discussion & Q/A focused on business ownership and strategy with Steve & Angie


  • 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-2E, MCR-3D and MCR-6.
  • Lunch is provided on Thursday and Friday 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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Roasting 101

It's always exciting to welcome a new group of students into our Minneapolis roastery for our popular Roasting 101 class. Take a peek at what it's like to be part of a group focused on leveling up their coffee skills.

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