Doug and Dave completed the specifications and the order process for a new IR-2.5k Diedrich coffee roaster made here in the US right in Idaho. Four thermocouples will gather and send data to our computer during the roasting process. This will allow us to create roast 'profiles' which we'll use to replicate our roasts insuring consistency.
We spent months researching roasters of all sizes and types, and found less expensive equipment, but in the end chose an American company with a commitment to creating energy efficient and clean burning roasting to insure the best quality product. "Roasting on a Diedrich is better for the earth and your coffee. Our infrared burners reduce noxious gas emissions. Efficient roaster design reduces operating costs. This cleaner roasting process allows you to bring out the true quality of the bean." - Diedrich website. We chose the beautiful wine red color shown on this IR-2.5 pictured below.
Delivery will be 8-10 weeks. Meanwhile, we'll attend a 3 day roasting course with Diedrich in Idaho in May.
I can't go anywhere without looking for two things - a good coffee house and a local coffee roaster. Sometimes one gets lucky and finds both in the same establishment. Well, not so much in Kauai, but a tour of Kauai Coffee's plantation while on the island a couple weeks ago was entertaining. I focused in on their Diedrich IR-12 in their visitor's center and snapped a couple shots. And the coffee? Well...go try it for yourself on your way to surf or snorkel.
The east side Backporch location was the setting for an evening of barista competition. A packed audience watched about 30 baristas compete.