Roasting is a physically demanding job and it’s also very hands on. If something breaks or isn’t working correctly, it’s up to you to get the tools and fix it yourself.
My job involves a lot of lifting, whether that be green coffee bags or roasted coffee tubs. Even parts of the roaster that need to be removed for cleaning can be rather heavy. I don’t believe I need a gym membership with the amount of coffee I manually move every day.
Roasting isn’t a good job for those who have a short attention span, as it requires a lot of concentration and patience. I’ve found this while using manual roasters particularly, as you have to watch the coffee until it’s been roasted to the right colour and then manually drop it out of the roaster into the cooling tray. It took time for me to learn how to do this, but after doing it for a while you catch on pretty quick.
I hope I have given you a bit of insight into the life of a trainee roaster and hope you have enjoyed reading my journey so far. Stay tuned for more…