Roasting quality control, Tim Wendelboe fanboy edition

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#1: Post by baldheadracing »

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LBIespresso wrote:Hmmm...Do I sense a new thread in the Roasting section of Home-Barista? "Tim Wendleboe Approach to Quality" by Baldheadracing ? :wink:

Pretty please?
LoL :lol: In a nutshell, be consistent, and measure so you know that you are consistent.

Statistical Quality Control is a simple recipe:

1. Measure objective quality indicators from every batch (the "statistical" part happens when some batches are measured, but not applicable)
2. Check how much those indicators deviate from the norm.
3. Remove batches that deviate too much (TW calls these "fails")
4. Investigate every deviation to try to eliminate future deviations.

However, as cupping typically happens after shipment ...

1a. Collect a sample from every batch
2a. Subjectively compare samples (cupping)
3a. (doesn't happen)
4. Investigate every deviation to try to eliminate future deviations.

As cupping is subjective:
5. Regularly cup your roasts against other roasters that roast similarily, and with similar coffees (blinded)

Finally, if the batches are close enough that they don't fail, then tighten up the criteria for "too much" deviation.

Examples of objective measurements (not complete):
- ambient climate
- charge weight and density
- roasted weight and density
- charge temperature and drop temperature
- roast colour
- time in stages/development time/development ratio.

Oldest to newest TW roasting video - if you want the historical context, start from oldest to newest; but if you want the gist, start from newest to oldest. If you want just one, watch the Loring video:

Coffee Roasting QnA (49 minutes)

Cupping for Roasting QC (35 minutes)

"Ask me anything" about roasting (hour long)

Loring roaster workshop (1:06, but there's a bunch about Loring)

Stronghold demo (an hour, not yet on YouTube)

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#2: Post by LBIespresso »

Niiiiice! A post with homework. I love it!

Thanks Craig.
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