Introduction to Roasting Course

A good foundation makes for better outcomes…

JULY 2024 Workshop, Friday 12th and Saturday 13th July, 2024

Discover what it means to be a Coffee Roaster.

Are you a Barista looking to add some new skills into your repertoire? Or just curious about coffee and want to learn more? Join us for two full and rewarding days of new coffee skills development guided by industry experts and knowledge leaders.


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Introduction to Roasting Course (2 day intensive)

JULY 2024 Workshop, Friday 12th and Saturday 13th July, 2024

“Learning the right skills from the beginning is the best way to become the Master of your craft” – Craig Simon.

Over the course of two full days we will share with you the important theory of what it is to be Coffee Roaster, along with the practical skills to take charge of the roasting process.  A course especially designed of those new to roasting or for those wanting to brush up on existing skills, you will learn how to design, execute and assess a roast with ample hands on experience and theory to support your new skills.

Why learn at Criteria?

Knowledge is what we do. Criteria is a communal roasting facility helping others to learn the craft of roasting. Having spent +15 years perfecting our own knowledge, Criteria was founded as a way to “give back” to help foster the next wave of coffee professionals. Founded by Craig Simon in 2018, Craig is a long standing coffee professional, Multi-Award Winning Barista & Coffee Roaster, Q-Grade Instructor and previous head of the Australian Roasters Guild. Craig is dedicated to sharing all that he knows and loves about coffee in an inclusive and supportive environment.

What does the Two Day Introduction to Roasting Course look like?

Embarking on the process of learning to roast takes time and practise. With your introduction to Roasting at Criteria you will learn the fundamentals of how to control a roast successfully, how to set the right roast goals and how to repeat your roasting process reliably. You will use one of our two Diedrich IR2.5 roaster in a small group of 4 people per roaster. We will teach you how to make the right coffee selection for your desired taste profile and how to approach roasting for both filter and espresso. Knowing how to assess your outcomes is a vital part of a roasters skills-set, during the course you will also learn to apply industry tasting protocols, as taught by a qualified Q Grade Instructor (Craig Simon).


The Key Aspects of the Course:

* Farm to Consumer – Learn about the origins of coffee, varietals and processing influences.

* Pick your productHow to choose the best green coffee selection for your intended purpose. 

* Basics of heat transfer The science of what occurs inside the bean and roaster.

* Practical hands on roasting Lots of it!

* Understanding the roasting controls – Take charge with confidence. Learn the protocols and systems of roasting. 

* Developing a roast planHow to set your roast goals both manually and with the use of Artisan software.

* Roasting for filter and espressoLearn the difference. 

* Cupping 101Learn to apply industry cupping protocols. 

* Safety and cleaning It’s a really important part of roasting. 

Do this course if you…..

* Want to learn from the best educators in the business.

* Are a Barista or coffee enthusiast keen to shift your coffee skills set in a new direction.

* Value practical experience from those who’ve learnt from their own mistakes, so you don’t have to!

* Enjoy delicious coffee and great company whilst learning.

* Have little or no roasting experience and want to set yourself on the right path from the beginning.


The extra details….

Places are limited to a maximum of 8 participants.

There are no perquisites for the course, enrolment is open to any skill level and experience. As an Introduction to Roasting, this course is well suited to those without roasting experience, but also beneficial to those with experience that want to refresh or refine their existing skills. 

All equipment, materials and green coffee are supplied.

Participants each receive a complimentary Criteria Coffee gift bag.  

Morning tea, lunch and all the coffee you’d like to consume is provided each day. We will happily accommodate any dietary requests. These will be confirmed after registration. 

Courses are held at Criteria Coffee’s Roastery, 37 Wirraway Drive, Port Melbourne.

Parking is available on site (rear of building) or unrestricted on-street parking.

Refer here for our full course enrolment T&C 

What others say about our roasting courses….

“The course itself has opened so many doors of oppurtunity for me and i cant thank craig enough. it was such a good course???” – Yi

“Fantastic experience, thank you so much for the opportunity” – Chris

“It was amazing and I can’t believe how much knowledge I got. Craig generously shared everything he knows about coffee which I really appreciate. The best part is Craig left large amount of time for us to really control the roaster by ourselves, and cupped them right after roasting. It helped a lot for me to distinguish the differences and change of flavours” – Pablo

“I had a great time and found the balanced program of indepth theory and hands on practical a great way to approach roasting for coffee professionals that have not had much time in this part of the industry” – Boris.

“After attending the roasting course, I have a better understanding on the mechanics & dynamics of roasting and my roasting foundation is more stronger now” – Ivan Tong

Have a question?

We are happy to answer any other queries  you might have about this course or other training that we offer. Contact us here. 

Once your ticket has been purchase, we’ll contact you to finalise your registration.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Roastery.