[Homeroast] Problem: My family wants my roasted coffee

Dan Kellgren dkellgren at gmail.com
Mon Sep 13 09:21:20 CDT 2010

Have the same "problem" and am also using a Behmor.  Just had this
conversation with my wife this weekend.  She suggested we sell some to raise
money for an American Diabetes Association walk we're doing.  So we sat down
to do the math.  If I roast up 20lbs. of beans and sell it (with all
proceeds going to the ADA), it would take me 17 hours of roasting, spread
out over several weeks, since the unit isn't designed to continually roast
one after another.

My math on this is that I can roast a pound in about 35 minutes (including
cooling).  Plus add 5 minutes to prep and 5 minutes to clean after.  So
that's about 45 minutes a pound.  Plus I have to run a clean after every 5
roasts (adding another hour or so total).

And then I have to grind it, package it, label it... a single Behmor and
Maestro Plus really are not enough to do it.

I thought of purchasing a second and third unit so I can run multiples at
one time.  But at some point, I think it makes more sense to purchase
equipment meant for this volume level.

OK, so I adding nothing to help you, other than to say, I feel your pain!


On Mon, Sep 13, 2010 at 10:07 AM, Kevin Ford <kmford at gmail.com> wrote:

> Longtime lurker here.
> What do you all do when your friends and family taste your roasted
> coffee and want it on a regular basis? I have a Behmor and have
> roasted in the neighborhood of 250-300 lbs in the 2.5 years I've been
> doing this. No problems. I do 4-5 lbs a week now, but I could be
> looking at a demand of 10-15 lbs / week or more if really followed up
> with people who expressed serious interest (e.g. comments like "I
> would pay you for this").
> Without a doubt, I don't want to start a business, but what's the next
> step up in capacity with out laying the unjustifiable sums for a USRC
> unit? Grill roasting with a large drum? Will I get the same quality as
> what I get from the Behmor? Tell my friends and family I can't do it?
> Charge more than cost to build funds for a larger roaster? Tell them
> no and to buy from a local professional roaster? I'm sure some of you
> have dealt with this. What worked?
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