The place to start your roasting education with Mill City Roasters. This pre-requisite session will cover all of the basics of green coffee and roasting and prepare you to continue learning with us either online or in person. Learn from the comfort of your own home, office, café, or roastery.
Live, interactive class taught in one 4-hour session.
Topics include green coffee information, coffee cupping, roaster overview, control panel operations, and a live roasting demonstration.
RoastPATH® live broadcasting of the detailed roast curve during multiple coffee roasting demonstrations.
Students can participate, ask questions, and talk directly to instructors.
We are regularly releasing new dates and additional seats in these classes. If you do not see a date that works for your schedule, check back soon.
This class is a virtual class taught live once a month on a Wednesday afternoon. Tune in remotely from 1pm-5pm CST.
There are no materials required to attend this course. Students can ask questions throughout the session. If you are in the US and would like to participate in the exercises, the Hands-On Class Kit is available for purchase separately.
Your Roasting Launchpad
This class is the launchpad for all of our roasting education and is a requirement* if you wish to take Roasting 101 (in Minneapolis or Virtual). Join us remotely for an immersive 4-hour live-streamed session. Attend from the comfort of your own home where you can ask questions, watch demonstrations, interact with other students, and review the basics of roasting equipment, controls, and operations.
*this requirement is waived for anyone who attended the the online Roasting 101 during the 2020/2021 season which was remote due to Covid-19. Those students are welcome to jump to the Roasting 101 we host in Minneapolis to get their hands on experience.
We’ll cover the foundational information of coffee roasting. Coffee roaster machine components and function, general profiling and roast data types, sample roasting and evaluation, greens grading and working with an importer, basic cupping skills. All you need to participate is curiosity, computer, an internet connection, and a few hours of time.
Learning Together, Apart.
Interactive class streaming via Zoom means that you can raise your hand, turn on your mic, and engage with other students and instructors in real-time. Utilize the chat feature to ask follow up questions, participate in polls, or share links.
Once you’ve completed this class, you are eligible to attend our Roasting 101 classes, which are offered virtually or in Minneapolis. These classes continue the conversation of commercial coffee roasting.
Free and Open to Everyone
If you’re interested in learning more about coffee, roasting, and business operation but don’t know where to start, this is the class for you. Registration is free and there is no obligation to attend future courses.
Note: Links to the class will arrive via email in the days prior to the scheduled start. This is a group class for roasters. Discussion, engagement, and interaction are highly encouraged. To cultivate a spirit of group learning, we ask that students turn their cameras on during class and unmute themselves to ask questions. Students may use a virtual background if they wish, and the chat box will also be used to field questions and share helpful tips.
As part of our ongoing commitment to encourage greater diversity in the coffee roasting community, Mill City Roasters offers scholarships to attend our popular Roasting 101 course. This scholarship is intended for members of marginalized groups within our industry – BIPOC, LGBT, non-binary and others.