[Homeroast] Problem: My family wants my roasted coffee

Rich rich-mail at octoxol.com
Mon Sep 13 14:34:12 CDT 2010


Well, 5000->7500 depending on options and a couple of month wait to 
delivery and U.S. Roasters can fix you right up

Dan Kellgren wrote:
> 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!
> 
> Dan
> 
> 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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