| 29 mins

Episode 99: How to set up a coffee roastery

Today we're kicking off a new series on the business of coffee roasting, exploring all aspects of setting up a roastery - from sourcing equipment and green coffee to building a brand and establishing wholesale partnerships.

In the first episode, we speak with Lem Butler, Co-Founder, Black and White Coffee Roasters and Kirby Sinclair, Co-founder, The Roasting Party, to understand the basics and first steps of establishing a roastery.

In these conversations we discuss how to find the right location, how to know when to upgrade facilities as you grow and the importance of defining your vision and building business relationships.

Credits music: "Bad as you Are" by Alicia Davis in association with The Coffee Music Project and SEB Collective

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Lem Butler

Lem Butler

Co-founder, Black & White Coffee Roasters

Lem Butler is a world-renowned barista, coffee trainer, competition MC and the 2016 US Barista Champion. Butler is the co-owner of Black & White Coffee Roasters, a specialty coffee shop and roastery in North Carolina, which he founded with his business partner and fellow US Barista Champion, Kyle Ramage, in 2017.
Kirby Sinclair

Kirby Sinclair

Co-founder, The Roasting Party

Kirby Sinclair is Co-Founder of The Roasting Party – an Australian-inspired specialty coffee business in London and is a sister brand to The Little Marionette in Sydney. Founded in 2013, the brand now operates three coffee shops in London, a roastery plus a training centre and coffee equipment programme.
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