Our popular hands-on Roasting 101 course is coming to Canada!
Mill City Roasters is partnering with KW Coffee Collective, a shared-roasting facility in Kitchener, Ontario. We will host an onsite roasting course at their location to increase accessibility to Canadian students. This class is open to both US and Canadian roasters and there is no previous roasting experience required to attend.
- Hands-on roasting on MCR-10 Commercial Gas Roasters
- Guided group cuppings and green coffee evaluation
- Collaborative learning with student-driven discussion
- Certificate of Completion awarded to every student
Group Discount: Bring your coworkers and get $400 off their registrations. Discount applied at checkout.
This class is hosted in collaboration with KW Coffee Collective in Kitchener, Southern Ontario, Canada.
Virtual Introduction Session taught via Zoom: Wednesday 7/12 1pm-5pm (Central)
In-Person Class at KW Coffee Collective facility: Friday 7/14 and Saturday 7/15 from 9am-4pm (Eastern)
From Sample to Success
We have formatted this class to focus on specific coffees as a roaster would experience them. We’ll start at the cupping table and evaluate a green coffee for defects, then participate in a sample cupping. Based on what we discover about the quality and flavor of the green, we will form roast plans for profiles and begin to execute them on production roasters.
Practice & Play
By utilizing KW Coffee Collective’s twin MCR-10 Roasters, students will work in small groups to roast production sized batches of coffee. Collaborating with each other, students will develop roast plans, manipulate the digital control panel, and practice high-level machine control with different coffees.
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.
Breakout sessions will focus on core roaster competencies like brewing and extraction theory, techniques for building pre-blends, and roasting coffees with different processing techniques. We’ll also discuss business strategies for managing inventory and minimizing waste in the roastery.
Safety, Maintenance & Cleaning
Safe and effective operation of your equipment requires an understanding of your machinery and the roasting process. We’ll talk through common scenarios that require immediate attention as well as ongoing strategies to keep your machinery in top operational form. We’ll outline for you our daily, monthly, quarterly care schedule and give you advice on developing your own plan to keep your roastery (and business) up and running.
Beyond the Drum
KW Collective is a commercial roastery and shared-use roasting facility. Working in their space will allow you to become familiar with other tools and equipment that are necessary to operate a commercial roastery. Students will have a chance to see what kind of equipment and installation considerations they might need in their own roasting space.
Covid-19 Testing Required and Cancellation Policy
We do not currently have any requirements for this class regarding Covid safety and prevention. We will continue to monitor the situation in the province of Ontario and notify students if the requirements change. If we need to enact a new policy before this class, it will likely be similar to our policy for Minneapolis class dates. You can view that policy on the class page for Roasting 101: Minneapolis Class.
If future classes are required to be canceled due to Covid-19 surges creating unsafe travel & gathering conditions, Mill City will make that decision no later than 15 days before the first day of your class. When making travel plans to attend class, we highly recommend investing in trip insurance or to delay purchasing flights or reserving hotel stays until within 2 weeks of your class date.
If you need to cancel or move your registration due to a Covid-19 exposure or diagnosis, our team can help you do that at any time. If you need to cancel or move your registration due to a non-emergency issue, please try to let us know no later than 2 weeks before class so we can give your spot to another student.
Learn How To Roast Coffee at KW Coffee Collective
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 course. This scholarship is intended for members of marginalized groups within our industry – BIPOC, LGBT, non-binary and others.
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