Roast your own Coffe: Art Meets Science (Intermediate Course)

Roast your own Oaxacan specialty coffee:

4 kilos (8.8 lbs) of it!

The holy grail of coffee courses, we will be delving into “Coffee Roasting Chemistry 101” and the amazing juncture between the art of roasting coffee and the science behind the process.  We´ll conduct ample tastings while looking over the SCAA flavour wheel, so make sure to arrive with your belly full and ready to receive an abundance of amazing coffee!  We´ll briefly analyze green coffee beans in order to identify common defects and attributes, and for the rest of the class, we´ll be roasting.

How This Works

You´ll select 4 kilos of unroasted beans from our premium selection of Oaxacan specialty coffee and, after learning to roast hands-on, will get to roast your own coffee by yourself (with guided instruction and an on-hand fire extinguisher, of course)! The glorious moment when you decide your batch is roasted to perfection and pull the lever is all yours.  You will be able to take home all of your coffee in a mix of our beautiful 450g hand-printed artesanal bags.

We roast in batches of 4 kilos, which is equivalent to approximately 8.8 pounds of coffee (or around 7.5 lbs post-roasting, since the final weight of coffee received will depend on style of the roast due to the water-weight lost during the process).

There will be an emphasis on the importance of highest-grade, specialty coffee. This course will be contextualized in Oaxaca, with an emphasis on its surrounding pueblos and local producers.  To us at Tlayudona and Cafébre, conscious and mutually-beneficial relationships with local producers and community members are of the utmost importance.

The Logistics

Time Frame: This experience lasts a total of 4 hours and is given from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

It includes a coffee break (of course) with yummy sweets.  Because of the popularity of this course and the small number of maximum participants allowed, make sure to book it with anticipation!


This is a bilingual (Spanish/English) course given by Kate in Cafébre´s quaint boho-chic café, using the very roaster that serves as the lifeblood of their operation.

Course includes:

  • 4 kilos/8.8 lbs of highest-quality specialty Oaxacan coffee scouted out and chosen specifically by Cafébre to reflect their commitment to specialty-grade quality and to stimulating the local market
  • Cafébre´s artisan hand-printed bags in which to bag up your goods
  • Instruction by some of Oaxaca´s most dedicated young professionals in the coffee scene
  • An introduction to quality and specialty coffee, the flavour wheel, defects and attributes commonly found in coffee
  • An analysis of green coffee
  • An introduction on how to cup coffee in order to highlight quality and consistency or to weed out defects
  • An overview of the instrumental scientific processes and curves behind a good roast
  • Discussion regarding personal taste and the subjective, artistic element of roasting
  • The climactic moment of truth, when you decide your coffee is roasted to perfection and pull the lever accordingly
  • The best caffeine buzz in Oaxaca, in Cafébre´s cozy, boho-chic, Oaxaca de Juárez downtown location
  • Snacks and a great time

Cost: 2,800 MXN per person

Minimum participants necessary to schedule this experience: 2

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