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  • Looking for a place to practice roasting coffee in Sydney

    Hi everyone, I am new to this forum and have found it very useful in improving the way I make coffee. I have been toying with the idea of roasting coffee so I bit the bullet and got a 2kg roaster from CRA. Now Im facing another problem, where to put it? Im so silly not to have thought of it prior to purchasing it. :-[ Does anyone know where I can rent a place where I can practice some roasts? Im really eager to fire up the machine.
    Hopefully coffeesnobs can help me! Thanks!

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    Re: Looking for a place to practice roasting coffee in Sydney

    Hi

    Renting a place would be expensive! I have a 2 kg Has Garanti and I have it just inside my garage, I wheel out the chaff collector to just outside the garage. Some coffees make a bit of smoke but in a leafy suburban house type area I have not had a problem. Or are you in units?

    Mike

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    • #3
      Re: Looking for a place to practice roasting coffee in Sydney

      Make friends with somebody who has a factory/warehouse/similar?

      Better if you can bribe them with coffee

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      • #4
        Re: Looking for a place to practice roasting coffee in Sydney

        did you get an electric 2kg or gas, if its the Torrefattore it has a small footprint and would sit on a bench in the corner of a garage with a flexi flu from Bunnings

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        • #5
          Hi! Thanks for replying to my post. Yes, I own a 2kg electric Torrefattore, it's my unused baby Unfortunately, I live in a unit that's why no garage.
          I have been looking at storage places and garages to rent but to no avail. I will keep looking! One other question, did you change your power outlet to suit the roaster? I think it requires a higher amp compared to normal household appliances. I look forward to your replies! Thanks again!

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          • #6
            Hi kakating

            Most units have lower level garages and somewhere will be a power point. It's single phase but not sure if you need 10A or 15A supply for that. Others will help you out on that. From that outlet just use an extension lead and roast in the outside. Now to stop neighbours complaining send round a little note inviting them to a coffee roasting demo (and to bring a small cake). Explain that it's new and you might not make the best coffee but produce a few kgs while they watch. Have your espresso machine out with a few kg of a Coffee Snobs roasted coffee suitable for milk based drinks and make them some coffees. The body corporate won't complain when most of them are drinking your roasted coffee :-)

            Mike

            Mike

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            • #7
              The torrefattore requires a 20A power point and is supplied with a 20A plug.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Talk_Coffee View Post
                The torrefattore requires a 20A power point and is supplied with a 20A plug.
                Sorry I didn't mention--I had to have a 20amp circuit added to my garage, I tried it on the 15amp circuit but tripped the circuit breaker--good luck with your quest finding a space for your new roaster--cheers trevor

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                • #9
                  put an ad up in Gumtree or something. free coffeebeans for anyone who will lend you there backyard. worth a shot. what part of Syd are you in ?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by grapsta View Post
                    put an ad up in Gumtree or something. free coffeebeans for anyone who will lend you there backyard.
                    20A power availability or lack thereof is liable to be a dealbreaker here, unless he finds somebody with a very well fitted out workshop or somebody sufficiently forward thinking as to have installed a 32A power point in their garage in preparation for charging an electric car.

                    IMHO Warehouse/Factory is probably still your best bet.

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                    • #11
                      Maybe a small diesel or petrol generator? e.g. a 5.8kVA 11HP Honda petrol generator will deliver 20 amps continuously. It's about $1,700 though.

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                      • #12
                        Hello, thanks to you all who contribute to this post. I will keep looking for a suitable place. I think the generator may be a good idea for the long term (paying rent would cost a lot more!). I will keep you updated once I start roasting!

                        Oh by the way, Grapsta, I live in Kingsford eastern suburbs.

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                        • #13
                          Hmm. There is a commercial coffee roaster at Mascot by the name of Ivan Lay (3 Amigos Coffee). Ivan roasts a nice Timorese coffee that he serves at Fox Studios markets and might be able to help. His phone number is 0409 389 168.

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