“I’ll admit it — I first approached the IKAWA Professional Sample Roaster with a more than healthy degree of scepticism. It seemed too easy to use, too convenient and too polished a product to deliver on professional expectations of quality. It was one of those rare times where I was delighted to be proven wrong.”
“I’ve worked in and around the coffee industry for some time. I have recently founded Coffee Sourcing where I provide independent coffee sourcing services to roasting companies looking to transition between buying spot coffees on importer lists, and having their own dedicated coffee buyer. Before that I’ve been Project Manager with Square Mile Coffee Roasters, Director of Operations at Workshop Coffee Co, as well as distributing A Film About Coffee in the UK and Ireland, coffee judge in the Young British Foodies Awards and am currently Commercial Director of the World AeroPress Championship – during this time I’ve seen a lot of innovation in the speciality coffee sector, and delighted to be one of the early users of the IKAWA roasters.
As an independent coffee buyer working on behalf of quality-driven clients there are two things that are crucial to how I work; one is accuracy and the other is flexibility. In preparing roasted samples for evaluation, having roasting equipment that’s finicky or unpredictable is no good to me. I need the roast recipe for each batch to be precise and repeatable, and this is precisely what the IKAWA Professional roaster offers.