Big mthrfcker spins like a cat
Last we reported was that our red roasting monster, Mr. Probat 500, arrived in our Addis Ababa facility. Assembling the machine was just a small challenge for our maintenance engineer Yohannnes. But the installation of gas and electricity and calibration was yet another thing. This month, an all star team of three Polish engineers made a trip to Addis to get it done.
1.000.000 kilo a year pure impact.
Assembly, check. Installation, check. Perfect! But next question: how do we use the giant machine?! That is also what Agegnehu and Muluneh, our roasters, were wondering. And very honest, the first batch was terrible! A green bean here, a black been there, super inconsistent. But in its defense, the machine probably had to get used to the high altitude in Addis Ababa ;) (yes, it is at 2200 meters). Future Focused
The Polish guys learned team Ethiopia how to use a screen full of complex buttons and red and green arrows on the control panel instead of the simple temperature gauge. On the Toper you can open the burner and see the small flame and adjust it manually. If you adjust the heat in the Probat it will give an incredible explosion of heat. Inside the machine of course, but even looking through the window, you get blinded! Don’t try it at home. Once the Probat roasted at a consistent level, our dear friend Jose joined the team in Addis. The head roaster of Moyee would teach them the fine art of artisanal roasting on an industrial level. Contradiction? No, because, buttons or temperature gauge, you always roast with passion and craftsmanship – by looking at and smelling the beans. Another advantage of the Probat: the capacity has grown by 800%! This makes Agegnehu really happy! “It gives me more time for quality cupping, and developing new premium blends. And the rest of the day, we just relax in the sun with a beer!” Oh yeah, in your dreams Agegnehu! Our sales are growing by the minute, so you’ll be swamped in roasting hours soon!
And of course, it’s sunny as well.