March, 22, 2016
Part 6: Your Dream Machine
One of the largest, if not the largest, capital investments you will make in starting a roasting company will be your roaster. This equipment can end up being a huge part of your identity as a company, either because of the machine or brand of machine itself and the hype and/or hangups around it, or hopefully the way you’re able to make it speak for you and your craft.
Procuring a production roasting machine might be one of the main reasons that you wanted to go pro in the first place, and there may be a make or model that you’ve been coveting for some time. The lure of the dream machine is powerful, though the actual quest for one is frequently frustrating and expensive. There are clearly more small roasteries open now than at any other time, which means that the market for vintage roasters is competitive to say the least. But this competitiveness has also driven the production of a number of new small shop roasters and increased their availability on the market.
Because I’ve had the good fortune of working on a number of different types of roasters, I’m frequently asked about my opinion on what’s available out there. [Almost as frequently, I’m asked if I know where they can find a vintage machine for a good deal.] With that in mind, I figured that it was important for this series to do a rundown on some of the small to midsized roasters currently available on...