To Roast or Not To Roast

by | Aug 22, 2015 | 14 comments

Most of us, from time to time, dream about escaping the rat race, packing it all up and starting fresh. A lot of coffee roasters will tell you that their years spent in a daily nine to five routine were simply a stepping stone to establish their own roastery.

If you’re reading this, you might be roasting already or might be considering taking the plunge like so many brave souls have done before you. The first step is to realize and accept that you want to be independent and do your own thing. Next you need to determine how you want to spend this freedom: Do you want to open a coffee shop or cafe that serves supplied, roasted coffee or do you want to travel to exotic places, sourcing beans you roast for clients all over the world? Or perhaps you want to do both?

Research is key. Read. Join forums. Read. Have discussions. Ask questions. Read some more.

For more background information have a look at this eye-opening article by Fresh Cup, “Whether to Roast” and becoming a successful coffee roaster

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  1. Rocky

    Thanks for this article, I’m considering taking the plunge.

  2. Jeffrey


    I am looking to start roasting coffee business, please can you send me as much information that can assist me towards the venture. Send advice on machinery, the type of coffee grades which is the best, where to find the best coffee beans, prices of machines. Any relevant information will be of much help.

    • Neil Maree

      Hi Jeffrey. Thank you for the comment. We have contacted you via email and look forward to hearing back from you via email soon.

  3. Andrew

    Hi Neil, I’m in Cape Town and would like to request the same information as Jeffrey above has. Please also send me the information as I also wish to start a roaster business.
    Thanks Andrew

    • Neil Maree

      Hi Andrew

      Please complete our form on the Contact Us page and I will gladly get back to you on email.

      Kind regards

  4. Jean-Pierre Botha

    Hi Neil

    Hope you are well.

    Please can you send me the info on starting a coffee roastery which you sent to Andrew & Jeffrey some time ago?

    Will be much appreciated.

  5. Jacques

    I want to roast my own coffee. Can you send me as much infomation on your products available.

    • Neil Maree

      Good day. Kindly complete the contact us form and we will get back to you asap.

  6. Cecile

    Please provide me with all the info on coffee roastery. Thanks!

  7. Paul

    Good Day Neil.

    I’m considering roasting my own coffee beans and require a 1kg to 2kg roaster. Any suggestions? Also can you please send me information on roasting as well. Thank you

    • Neil Maree

      Hi Paul. Thanks for your enquiry. We have contacted you via email. Thanks.

  8. David

    Good morning
    I am interested in roasting could you please send me details and costs for a start up
    Thank you

    • Neil Maree

      Hi David

      Thank you for your enquiry. We will will contact you shortly.

      Neil Maree

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