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NSF Commercial Coffee Roasters
Another MCR first:
NSF Commercial Coffee Roasters!
In case you haven’t noticed, things are seldom quiet here.
A couple of years ago, the State of California decided that coffee roasters installed in locations that serve retail coffee and other consumables must be NSF sanitation certified.
Sadly, that wasn’t nearly as easy as you might think.
Installing a non-NSF roaster meant hiring some kind of a field certification engineer to evaluate the machine for food safety and sanitization procedures. Depending on who you hired, the cost would range from $2500 to $5000 and typically take a month or more to complete.
It took several years, but we have finally received approval from UL to build and badge all of our machines from 500g to 20kg as NSF here in Minneapolis.
Starting next month, we’ll be reworking and badging machines NSF as a $2500 option for customers in California or anywhere else required.
If you are in an area where this is a regulatory concern, give me a call.
California strikes again. Could you please point me towards the California code concerning NSF roasters?
I roast at home with a cottage food permit. I am also trying to open a small espresso bar in a commercial space and plan to continue to roasting in the home kitchen.
I have talked to inspectors several times and I don’t think it’s a statute. I think it’s the way the counties are interpreting the Fuel Gas Code that requires roasters to be certified as NSF compliant “commercial kitchen equipment” when they are in operation in retail environments. If you are not roasting on-site at a retail establishment, this usually isn’t being applied.
That said, the nature of bureaucracy is towards enforcement and this may be one of those rare cases I’ve snuck out marginally ahead of the curve.
“Bureaucracy is the death of any achievement.”