I found out about IKAWA Professional coffee roasters during my time in Brazil in 2012, back then I was working trying to improve coffee flavour by improving coffee processing techniques along with farmers who wanted to move from commercial grade type coffees into the speciality grade ones. They ambitioned their coffees, to get speciality price premium, traceability, access to direct trade and face the market directly as farmers. However first, they needed to have a minimum quality score of 80 points or more by SCAA standards and no visual defects whatsoever.
Adopting quality standards was a difficult task, it was always compromising efficiency and final volume, so we tried different approaches for sundried and washed coffees and different drying and fermentation length periods. I ended up with many lots to compare. I started comparing lots at a coffee lab but there was a variable that was always changing, the roasting. Flavor differences between lots were minimal and even though I was roasting consistently, I could feel slight differences in flavor from different roasts from same samples, and it was unacceptable.
“I chose the IKAWA Pro Sample roaster because I could eliminate the roasting variable.”
I could create a roasting profile for the coffee and then run all samples by using the exact same profile. The IKAWA Pro Sample coffee roaster worked as advertised and it provided me consistent roasts every time. Finally, I was able to eliminate the roasting variable, results were clear and easy to detect.
“I felt very confident about the results. We changed the whole coffee drying and processing techniques at the coffee farm and those are the standards they adopted until this day with great success.”
When I ordered my IKAWA Pro Sample roaster, they were recently introduced (back in 2012) and they only run at 220 Volt only, I was at Brazil during that time so I needed an 110 Volt one. Andrew made the first 110 Volt IKAWA roaster just for me, so I am the proud owner of the very first 110 Volt IKAWA coffee roaster ever made.
It works solid until this day, Andrew and the IKAWA team have always been supportive, they have answered all my questions. The IKAWA coffee roaster is the most precise roasting tool I know, I have use it at work and at home as well.