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Intro to Roasting at Bay Area CoRoasters, 2 Day Course: $475

April 5, 2018 @ 9:00 am - April 6, 2018 @ 12:00 pm

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This course takes place over 2 days 

– Thursday, April 5, 9am – 3pm

– Friday, April 6, 9am – 12pm

Intro to Coffee Roasting offers a comprehensive introduction to the craft of roasting. Over the course of two days, students will be exposed to crucial concepts that will shape their experience and provide the tools to practice both sample and production roasting safely and successfully. The class includes multiple tastings of the work performed as well as plenty of hands-on roasting time.

Core subjects covered will include:

  • Sample Roasting & Production Roasting Basics
  • Roaster Safety
  • Familiarization with Equipment
  • Roast Profiling
  • Cupping & Evaluation of Roast Success
  • Introductions to Coffee Origins

Taught by Chris Kornman & Jen Apodaca of Royal Coffee, hosted by Bay Area CoRo, in anticipation of the opening of The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room.

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About the Instructors

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 on the SCAA’s Roaster’s Guild Executive Council, 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

Chris Kornman, Education & Lab Manager, Royal Coffee, Inc.

Chris is a seasoned coffee quality specialist, avid writer and researcher, and the Lab & Education Manager at The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room. Formerly a QC manager, cupper, educator, green coffee buyer, and roaster at Intelligentsia under the guidance of Geoff Watts, Chris logged thousands of miles across the coffee lands in East Africa and Brazil. His passion for coffee and education has led him to speaking opportunities at Anacafé in Guatemala City, Roasters Guild Sensory Summit at UC Davis, as part of the Academic Agenda for the Café de Colombia Expo in Bogotá, and in front of humming roasters and slurping coffee tasters worldwide. On weekends, Chris can be found helping at his partner’s Improv Theater in Oakland. He rides a 1986 Schwinn Prelude and plays banjo and trumpet.



April 5, 2018 @ 9:00 am
April 6, 2018 @ 12:00 pm
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CoRo – Bay Area CoRoasters
2322 Fifth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710 United States