“We started sample roasting with a Gene roaster and soon realized that it had great limitations. We were about to move forward with a 1kg roaster when we heard about the IKAWA. Since then it has become our most valuable “employee”.
There is really no alternative to the IKAWA – it works great for us because we go through a lot of samples, and now we can compare them very well as we have a tool that offers consistency in roasting.
Roasting coffees with the same profile enables us to control the coffee’s quality over time in our storage – once we set a profile for each coffee we can then roast this profile again and again during the year, assuring that the coffee maintains its quality.
The sharing and repeatability of roast is useful when working with customers too – I have several customers that already use the IKAWA and have shared our sample roast profiles with them for the coffees they bought or sampled.
Given the high value and small quantities of the coffee I work with, the roast capacity of 50g is great since it is enough to sample and we can go through a lot of samples that way.
One other thing I like about the IKAWA is its size – at it allows me to travel with it. I take it to trade shows where I can then roast fresh samples, I can also take it to the producers so we can roast and cup their coffee together.”
“For 2017 we are focussing even more on a variety of microlots, each of them special in its own way (because of processing, altitude, finca terroir, etc.), to provide our customers what they come to us for – unique high quality microlots from Panama, that you cannot find anywhere else.”
Uschi doesn’t have one standard roast profile, but develops different ones for specific microlots, based on varietal and processing method.
She has been kind enough to share the following profiles with us, which you can also find in our online Roast Library.