Inside The Roastery
Inside the Roastery
Coffee, the drink that is consumed by millions around the world. In fact, on average, about 2 billion cups of coffee are consumed worldwide every day, 98 million of those mugs of joy are consumed in the UK alone. The life cycle of the coffee bean is focused on high standards and excellence from start to finish.
So, how does our coffee go from being farmed to that perfect blended bliss in our mugs? Let’s take a trip inside the coffee roastery and find out more
The History of a Coffee Roastery
Coffee, as we all know has a long, rich history, and the preparation of roasting coffee beans to make a drink, is much the same today.
The first known roasting tools were tin, perforated pans that were used over an open flame. The roaster would then use spoons to circulate the beans around and ensure even roasting. Only a small amount could be roasted at one time, and the stirring meant that the roaster had to pay great attention throughout the whole process.
This prompted coffee lovers to start experimenting with new methods, as the old ones proved to be a messy and inconsistent method.
What happens inside the coffee roastery?
There are over 600 coffee roasters in the UK alone. Once the coffee beans have arrived at the NESCAFÉ Roastery, in the green bean reception, the process has started. The coffee beans are filtered, cleaned and then sent to the next stages of its roasting journey.
The beans are easily blown around the factory using compressed air, transporting them from one stage to the next. 175,000 jars of roasted coffee are produced in the factory, enough to supply the whole of Manchester for a whole month. Beans are taken from different silos to create the infamous 5-bean blend.
Coffee beans, once in the factory are each given a grade depending on their quality. The care that goes into making the perfect coffee is to a high standard. Beans that are burnt can have detrimental effect on the overall flavour of the roastery coffee, and therefore are pre-heated before being roasted. Once roasted the beans are dropped down into a cooler, to stop the roasting process. The beans don’t continue to roast before being sent to be ground down.
So, now that you’ve had a small insight into the coffee roastery, and what goes on behind the scenes, hopefully you’ll be able to enjoy your specially created blend that little bit more. Want to know more about how coffee is made? Read our article on what instant coffee is next.