The Coffee Roasting Institute is a collaboration between Bald Guy Brew Coffee Roasting Company and The San Franciscan Roaster Company. With over 60 years of combined industry experience, CRI offers individuals an opportunity to enroll in coffee roasting classes designed by roasters, for roasters. We offer coffee roasting classes at North Carolina’s first Specialty Coffee Association Premier Training Center located at Bald Guy Brew Roasting Company in Boone, North Carolina.
Classes are designed to maximize student roasting time on one of our six San Franciscan Roasters. With a one to six instructor to student ratio, the Coffee Roasting Institute offers students an opportunity to develop the necessary skills to successfully operate a coffee roasting business.
We believe that coffee roasting should be an interactive experience, not taught through slideshows or lectures. Rather than offering a cookie-cutter approach to roasting, we can tailor courses to meet your educational objectives. Our "build a box" approach allows you to decide which building blocks best meet your needs so that you can roast with confidence.
The SCA Skills Program includes the following specialties in the coffee industry: Introduction to Coffee, Barista Skills, Brewing, Green Coffee, Sensory Skills, Roasting. At the Blue Ridge Campus, choose from courses in roasting, sensory evaluation, and green coffee.
We also offer Black Coffee Business Consulting for those interested in starting their own coffee roasting company. We are here to help accelerate the launch of your business in the specialty coffee industry by avoiding common pitfalls associated with entrepreneurial startups.
At the Coffee Roasting Institute of the Blue Ridge Campus, we are committed to meet the need of individuals pursuing a career in the specialty coffee industry. Our goal is that new roasters will be able to competently roast and confidently evaluate specialty coffee by the end of class.
BUILD A BOX: DESIGN YOUR OWN COURSE
SCA COFFEE SKILLS PROGRAM
BLACK COFFEE BUSINESS CONSULTING
"We were in the process of looking at different roasters. We called Don Cox about showing us the SF roasters and to give us some feedback on the pro’s and con’s of SF roasters. After meeting with Don we decided right away SF was the way to go. With our new roaster ordered we knew we wanted to further our experience with someone that had a passion for coffee roasted right. We scheduled 2 days with Don. Don designed a program specifically to what we wanted to learn and helped us to develop new roasting styles. By the end of day 2 we were roasting coffee and felt confident that we could use what we learned going forward. Special thanks to Don Cox!"
"I recently went to roasting school at Bald Guy Brew’s facility in Boone NC. Wow! What an experience! Don dedicated time with me to understand my particular challenges as it concerns roasting. I had ideas and theories that he helped me work through, and he gave me a clear understanding of what is happening in a roaster and coffee beans when roasting. He gave me the tools to come home and understand my roaster better and start roasting better coffee. I recommend it to everyone. Don is an amazing person!"
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