Coffee Roasting Level 1 (3days) - Vancouver
Coffee Roasting Level 1 (3days) - Vancouver
Prerequisite: No prior experience required
Duration: 3 days, 1030 am to 5 pm
- Contact us for specific class dates that are not offered on our calendar.
- Contact us to arrange classes at your roastery.
- Contact us to schedule an installation, cleaning and maintenance or repair service.
Learning to roast coffee successfully requires mentorship over a period of time, varying from a few months to a few years with lots of trials and errors. In spite of that fact, we can teach you the fundamentals of coffee roasting, safety procedures, simple maintenance and basics about coffee in a weekend. Anything beyond that is not realistic in a weekend course. This course is a hands-on experience of coffee cupping, tasting, roasting and barista fundamentals to insure your roasting business success.Some Topics covered during Day 1:
- Canadian Market Share
- Differences between Artisan and Commodity coffee
- Principles of Roasting
- Biology of tasting and the coffee tasting wheel
- Cupping, Tasting Espresso, Calibration and Discussion
- What is the #1 seller of coffee shops?
- What are the Roasting differences for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Wave
- Myths and Stereotype Roasting for Espresso, Batch Brew drip coffee, Pour Over filter coffee and all the rest
Roasting is about developing flavors.. not colors. If you cannot taste your mistakes you will never make the appropriate corrections to your roast. Tasting is fundamental to all culinary arts, and roasting is a culinary art.
Some Topics covered during Day 2:
- Espresso variations
- How to track a roast
- Philosophies of Roasting
- How to Choose a Roaster
- Main machine types of Roasting
- Different ways to develop a Roast
- Freshness standards
Some Topics covered during Day 3:
- Profile Roasting
- Terroir & Processing
- Green Coffee Defects
Throughout the 3 days, the Roasting Instructor will provide you with an overview of operating a coffee roaster, temperature time profile, breakdown in a roast and how to adjust for every outcome, fundamental roasting concepts followed by a demonstration of a complete coffee roast, from start to finish. Each student will be guided and given an opportunity to run many roasts on their own and with their classmates. During and after each roast there will be time for a Question and Answer period to continue deepening your understanding.
Some Handouts and Resources included with your registration:
- Daily Cleaning and Maintenance
- Weekly Cleaning and Maintenance
- Monthly Cleaning and Maintenance
- Fire and Safety Plan Templates for both Canada and USA jurisdictions
- Roaster Fire Protocol - Discovery
- Pollution Control information
You will be given samples of your roasted coffee to take home with you.
If you would like to go further into Roasting Coffee, more courses are also available by request. Send us an email to learn more.
Registration: Pre-registration required, no dropins
Class Sizes are small with most of the class time being hands on giving you lots of time to learn.
Specials: Register for the Opening a Coffee Business Course, the Complete Barista Training and the Roasting course all together and save. Reach out to receive your discount code or click here to register and save.
Private Groups: We can accommodate private group training on weekdays and weekends - just ask and we are happy to schedule your course to work best for your coffee business needs.
Recommended Reading: We recommend reading 4 coffee roasting books in this order: 1. Raimond Feil,2. Ryan Brown, 3. Rob Hoos and 4. Scott Rao. If you choose to purchase these books along with the course then reach out by email as we will extend a 20% discount code to you for the purchase of the 4 books.
Included with your class:
Incredible industry knowledge, shared practically and with context.
Extremely happy with the experience.
thank you Dave!
I took roasting level 1 and have to say this course is absolutely worth taking. I had an incredible time learning new roasting skills and knowledge about the coffee industry, as well as learning the importance of cupping. Both Calvin and Les have an incredible and extensive amount of knowledge and passion behind their material and teachings. I can't recommend this course enough. I am very excited to start roasting on my own. Thanks again!
Hi Kyle, Thank you so much for sharing you experience with us! We are very happy to hear you took away so much and keep us posted on how things go :)!
I took the Level 1 Roasting course with Les and Calvin. I highly recommend the course if you are looking to get into coffee roasting. I’ve waited to post a review until I had a chance to get back home and fire up my new 500 g sample roaster. The lessons learned in the course gave me the confidence and skills that I needed to fire up the new roaster, produce good coffee and cup the results. Still have a long way to go but both Les and Calvin got me started in a great direction. Thanks guys!
thank you William!
The Coffee Roasting course at the Canadian Barista Institute challenged my assumptions and beliefs about roasting, changed the way I look at tasting / cuppings, and immediately improved the roasts I do on my Aillio Bullet.
Ultimately, I was surprised at what I didn’t know / was getting wrong in some fundamental way, especially after over 100 roasts on my Bullet during the pandemic.
I consider this course to represent a major milestone in my roasting and tasting evolution.
thank you Trevor!
I was able to take the roasting course in Vancouver with Les and then we both were able to take the Barista course in Calgary with Jamie.
Both were great experiences. The instructors are not only knowledgeable and supportive; but they give real world scenarios of what you may be facing in the coffee industry. We would highly recommend these courses.
Marjorie and Mark
thank you Marjorie and Mark!