Launched in the summer of 2020, our education team has taken their many years of experience of in-person roasting classes and created a remote curriculum that extends sensory experience beyond the screen. This class is the best source for learning coffee roasting if travel is not an option.
- Live, interactive class taught in three sessions.
- 'Class Box' mailed to you before class with coffees, roast progression samples, printed resources and more.
- RoastPATH® live broadcasting of the detailed roast curve during multiple coffee roasting demonstrations. Students will keep each roast profile to use as a template for future practice.
This is a 3-day class. Typically scheduled Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM (CST) each day
Your ‘Class Box’ will be mailed to you before class. We will also email students 1-2 days before the class with more instructions & helpful tips to get started on Zoom and set up for class
Three Full Afternoons of Focused Remote Education
Spend a Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoon learning the foundational theories of coffee roasting and working with our instructors online. Sessions are structured into two blocks with and short break in the middle and Q&A time available at each session. Classes will take place online via Zoom.
From Sample to Success
In this class, we’ll follow the journey of a new green coffee and cover the steps a roaster might take to source, sample roast, purchase, and develop a profile for a new coffee. Your coffee menu, roasting style, and list of offerings will be unique to your business, but this lesson will reveal the steps of a process that are applicable to all commercial roasters. While we follow along we’ll taste each roast and discuss the flavor profile relative to the roast curve.
Roast Profile Development
Starting with basic templates, we’ll introduce three distinct roast profiles for our new green coffee and demonstrate roasting them on one of our machines. While we roast, students will watch the data logging software and roaster sightglass to see how a coffee changes as it reaches roasting landmarks. During cupping, we’ll evaluate which profile is the “ideal” roast for the green coffee, and discuss how we might improve upon it to highlight sweetness, acidity, or balance. Primary roasting demonstrations typically take place on our MCR-3 or MCR1500 roaster, and we may utilize other sized roasters throughout the class.
Roasting Unique Coffees and Profiles
On the second day, we’ll gather at the roaster again to explore other coffees that might make their way to your inventory. Roasting coffees with different processing methods, pre-blends, and very light or well-developed profiles. Our instructors will provide some tips and best practices for approaching these challenges so you feel equipped to diversify your list of coffee offerings.
Student Driven Discussion
You lead where the conversation goes next. Interested in exploring how to build blends as a tool for inventory management and seasonal sales boosts? Wondering how coffee gets decaffeinated and how the process changes your roasting technique? Have questions about the right packaging for your roasted beans? We leave time for your questions and deep dive into topics you care about.
Safety, Maintenance, and Cleaning
Safely and effectively operating your equipment requires knowledge of the system and a plan for when things go wrong. We will equip you with this knowledge and provide pointers on how to develop your own action plan. We’ll talk through some general maintenance and roaster care, and outline the monthly, quarterly, and annual cleaning schedule that we follow in the roastery.
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.