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Developing a Roasting Plan

A roasting plan is something you can use to optimize and streamline your coffee roasting process. The goal of developing a roasting plan is to make sure that your equipment is used as efficiently as possible and that all the work you do has a positive impact on your business. In this article, we’ll go over everything from creating schedules to scaling up or down based on demand, so let’s get started!

Thinking about roasting

The first thing to consider is why you want to roast coffee. If you don’t have any experience roasting, then it’s probably because you love drinking great coffee and want to share that experience with others. There are lots of reasons why people want their own roasting business: some do it because they love the craft aspect of making something from scratch; others do it because they’re passionate about sustainability; still, others enjoy teaching people about their favorite drink through tasting events or classes.

Regardless of your motivation, there are some things that need to be considered before starting up a roasting company: budget, space requirements, and equipment needed (if any).

Establishing a schedule

Establishing a schedule is the most important step in developing your roasting plan. You need to know when you can roast and how many batches you will need to make on those days so that you can prepare the necessary amount of green beans. If there are any holidays or vacations coming up that might disrupt your schedule, now’s the time to consider them in advance and make adjustments accordingly.

You should also consider peak times when planning out which days are best for roasting at full capacity–and which ones aren’t worth wasting resources on. For example, if there’s no demand for coffee during the summer break but it picks up again once school starts back up again in September (or vice versa), then maybe only roast enough coffee during those two months so that people don’t come into contact with spoiled product after being unable to sell it for several weeks straight!

Planning for capacity/scaling

When you’re planning for capacity, it’s important to consider all of the moving parts. You don’t want to run out of space or coffee, and you don’t want to be slow.

If you’re thinking about opening a cafe or roaster that serves food, there are some additional considerations:

  • How much seating will you need?
  • What kind of kitchen equipment do you need? Do they need dedicated space in your warehouse? Will they take up valuable real estate in your front-of-house area as well?
  • Will there be a standing room only during peak hours (and if so, how many customers can fit)?

Roasting as a team

Roasting as a team is an important part of the coffee roasting process, and it can be very beneficial. Here are some reasons why:

  • You can share knowledge with other members of your team. When you’re working on your own, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut or make mistakes that can take time to correct. If you have people around who know more about certain aspects of roasting than you do, then they can help guide the way forward by sharing their knowledge with others on the team–whether through demonstrations or simply discussing ideas together over lunch!
  • Working collaboratively makes things go faster; everyone gets involved with different tasks throughout each stage of production (from sourcing green beans all the way through packaging). This means less waiting around while one person works on something while others wait their turn–and since everyone has different strengths when it comes down to which aspect(s) require more attention at particular points during each process (e.,g., sourcing vs storage), having multiple people involved means getting more done overall because no single person has too much work piled up before being able to move onto something else.”

Avoiding burnout & stress

As you grow your roasting business, it’s important to take time out of your day for yourself. You should never feel guilty about taking a break from roasting or from other tasks in order to focus on yourself. If you do get burnt out, it can be hard to come back from that and get back into the swing of things–especially if you’re trying to keep up with customers and orders!

Here are some ways that I recommend taking care of yourself:

  • Take regular breaks throughout the day (and week). Make sure these aren’t just quick bathroom breaks or grabbing drinks; give yourself some actual time away from roasting so that you can recharge before returning again!
  • Don’t burnout on customers either; they will be much happier if they know their orders will arrive promptly without any issues!

Having a roasting plan will help make your coffee business succeed.

A roasting plan is an essential tool for any coffee roaster. It’s the blueprint for your business, laying out how you’ll produce and sell your coffee. A good roasting plan will help you make smart decisions about what to do with each batch of beans, but it also needs to be flexible enough to allow for change as your business grows and evolves over time.

A good roasting plan should be reviewed regularly–at least once a month–so that when problems arise, they can be addressed quickly before they become major issues.


Hopefully, this article has helped you understand the importance of developing a roasting plan for your coffee business. As we’ve seen, there are many things to consider when you’re planning out your roasting schedule and capacity–from choosing the right equipment for your needs to keeping stress levels low among team members. But if you follow these tips and keep them in mind as you develop your own roasting plan, then there’s no doubt that it will help make your business succeed!