At the SCAA expo in Boston I’ll be teaching a sample roasting class. The Sunday PM session that I’m lead instructor for is sold out but I could still use one more station instructor. Currently the class is an optional one for the Roasters Guild level 2 certification but it will probably be required for those going for the level 1 certification next year. If you want the certification and don’t want to take the classes because you already know this stuff, teaching the material counts so you can get the credit that way. Requirements for filling the slot are that you need to have completed the Instructor Development Program (if you go to your profile at scaa.org and check My Pro Dev you should see SCAA Lead Instructor right at the top) and you should also know how to operate a typical sample roaster. Here I mean roasting without instrumentation and consistently hitting a standard sample roast. If you can guide a group of six people through some sample roasting exercises it would be a great help not only for me but also for the people who have signed up for the class.
The class is being offered in three other time slots that as far as I know still have space in them. I’ll be a station instructor for the Saturday PM session so if you wanted a chance to learn about sample roasting from me, this would be the session to pick. In this class you’ll learn about why you should have a sample roasting program, how to put one together, standard protocols for roasting and cupping in such a program, what sorts of documentation you want to keep, and how to operate typical sample roasting equipment. Even if you don’t currently have a proper sample roaster a lot of this is applicable for anybody who wants to make good decisions about what green coffees they want to buy.
I know I’ve said that I’m teaching other classes previously, but I think it’s unlikely that I’ll get rescheduled again this close to the event. Aside from these sample roasting classes I’ll also be a station instructor for the CP151/152 brewing and extraction class on Friday (April 12). That’s another one that I expect will be highly informative.
In any case, if you were planning on going to this event, you should make the arrangements sooner rather than later. The Boston marathon is happening immediately following expo so the longer you wait, the harder it will be to find a room.