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Advanced Roasting – 2-Day Course

April 3, 2019 @ 9:00 am - April 4, 2019 @ 12:00 pm

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This course takes place over two consecutive days

Wednesday, April 3rd, 9am – 4pm (lunch provided)

Thursday, April 4th, 9am – 12pm

The Crown’s Advanced Roasting 2-day course offers an array of tools to equip roasters to dramatically improve their coffee skills.

The first day we will use green coffee analytics as a foundation for understanding the raw materials, students will learn the basics of why density, screen size, and moisture play an important role in the way a coffee develops in the roaster. Armed with our green coffee knowledge, we will then focus on applying numerous stylistic approaches during roasting. Students will become familiar with both popular and uncommon roasting approaches, followed by hands-on instruction that will equip each student to make informed choices while roasting coffee.

The second day of class will involve plenty of cupping to evaluate the coffees roasted on day one, and what effect each style has played in the sensory quality of the final roast. Day two will also cover the basics of identifying success and mistakes in roasting technique such as baking, underdevelopment, and scorching. We’ll cover lunch for day one. Be prepared to slurp!

Core subjects covered will include:

  • The effect Heat Transfer has during the Roasting Process

  • Familiarization with Lab Equipment

  • Overview of Green Coffee Metrics Used for Roasting

  • Identification & Cause of Roasting Defects

  • Roasting Styles & Flavor Manipulation


About the Instructor

Jen Apodaca, Director of Roasting, Royal Coffee, Inc.:

Jen started roasting coffee in 2005 for McMenamins Inc. in Portland, Oregon. She has roasted coffee for Ecco Caffe, Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea, and Blue Bottle Coffee. She is now the Director of Roasting for The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room. She has experience on several styles of roasting machines and is dedicated to the craft of making coffee more delicious. She serves as Vice Chair of the SCA’s Coffee Roaster’s Guild Advisory Council, is the Founder of #shestheroaster, is a certified Q-Grader, is the Chair Emeritus of the Coffee Committee of the Good Food Awards and has been an international juror for the Cup of Excellence.



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April 3, 2019 @ 9:00 am
April 4, 2019 @ 12:00 pm


The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room
2523 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612 United States