Why Small Batch Roasting is Better

by That's Coffee on November 7, 2011

Most gourmet coffee roasters will choose the small batch roasting method over the large batch roasting method for two main reasons:

  1. A more consistent roast
  2. A fresher roast

More Consistent Roast

There is something to be said about roasting in smaller batches to ensure quality and consistency. By roasting less than 50 lbs of coffee beans it is easier to control the roasting process and to make sure that all of the coffee beans get a similar roast. It is easier to keep the beans moving and to see most of the beans in the batch. Small batch roasting leads to a certain level of superior quality control that cannot be matched in larger batches.

Freshest Roasted Coffee Beans Possible

A secondary benefit to small batch roasting is that it significantly reduces the amount of time between roasting and packaging to be shipped. For example, if a large batch (say 200 lbs) of dark french roasted coffee beans  is roasted but only 50 lbs sell per day, the last 50 lbs to sell will be 4 days old already.

Compare the large batch roasting method to the small batch roasting method. The roastmaster roasts the coffee beans in 50 lb batches and sells 50 lbs each day. This method ensures that each person who buys these coffee beans purchases them on the same day they are roasted – maximizing freshness.

Remember, all of our coffee beans are roasting in batches less than 50 lbs. to ensure a consistently roasted bag of coffee beans that are roasted the same day your order is shipped!

“Why Small Batch Roasting”
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