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Fundamental of Roast and SCA Roasting Intermediate | 14 - 17 February 2023

Fundamental of Roast and SCA Roasting Intermediate : 14 - 17 February 2023

Ideal for someone who has roasting and desires to gain a deeper understanding of the roast profile, how the profile relates to colour, the relationship between roast profile and sensory expression, and the impact of development time. Learners will further explore the physical and chemical changes as well as basic thermodynamics and heat transfer that occurs during the roast. Thereafter there will be an introduction to sample roasting and a review of safety and maintenance protocols in the roasting plant.

A written exam tests intermediate course knowledge while a practical exam assesses the learner’s ability to roast correctly and remove the coffee at the correct colour using a reference, while accurately completing the roast log form.

Day 1 - Tuesday - Fundamental of Roasting

This will give you a fundamental understanding of the roasting process and the key determining factors in heating control, the roast cycle, process logging and how to control basic sensory aspects of the coffee by roasting light or dark.

Written and practical exam. Successful students will receive 5 points towards an SCA diploma and a Roasting Foundation Certificate.

Day 2 & 3 - Wednesday & Thursday - Roasting Intermediate

This will give you a more elaborate understanding of the roasting process and how different kinds of heat transfer is at play. You will also see how different roast profiles lead to different sensory expression for the same coffee even at the same roast degree. You will also learn about roast defects and how to avoid them and also be introduced to the basic physical changes that the beans undergo during the roasting process. Finally there is a small appendix about work pace management and production.

Day 4 - Friday - Examination

This is the examination for the intermediate roasting qualification that consists of a short practical exam and a written exam. Successful students will be awarded 10 points towards the SCA coffee diploma and receive an SCA Intermediate Roasting certificate.


Class will start at Cloud Catcher Roastery each day at 10am and finish around 6pm (there will be a 30 minute break for lunch)


*We require a minimum number of students to run this class. If we don't meet that requirement you will be notified and have your class rescheduled to the next available date.