UK – British coffee roaster IKAWA and leading Swiss technology group Bühler have partnered to create innovative ideas to address the needs between micro- and medium- to large-scale coffee roastings.

The strategic partnership aims to explore the potential for product development between IKAWA’s market-leading sample roasters and Bühler’s RoastMaster series to address this gap.

Bühler is known for building coffee factories, and equipment throughout the supply chain. The press release said the company also has a very strong production roaster line in their RoastMaster series, which is growing in popularity.

Bühler’s RoastMaster series comprises four sizes with throughput per hour ranging from 70 kilograms up to 1 ton.

The Swiss company has an industrial background with more than 50 years of coffee engineering competence and has worked with many medium and large roasters to set up coffee processing plants globally.

Meanwhile, IKAWA, leading the adoption of digital roasting, making sample evaluation easy and accessible, entered the coffee stage in 2010 as a start-up.

The roaster has grown to be well known throughout the global coffee supply chain for its precise, app-controlled, and user-friendly micro-roasting technology, aimed at helping coffee businesses make better and quicker purchasing decisions.

The IKAWA’s Pro Series comprises the Pro50, Pro100, and the brand-new Pro100x which includes the industry’s first IKAWA humidity sensor.

Andrew Stordy, Founder of IKAWA, says: “Bühler brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in engineering and manufacturing. This experience will complement the user-centered approach to design we have become known for in sample roasting.”

IKAWA, on its website, says it aims to understand the goals and challenges users face in production-scale roasting and to use this to inform design solutions that improve what is already available in the market.

“Partnering with IKAWA and strengthening our presence in the coffee roasting market is a key step for Bühler in many ways. Working together with IKAWA will help us to take new perspectives and therefore create innovative ideas to address the need between micro and medium- to large-scale coffee roasting,” said Michael Blatter, Head of Market Segment Coffee at Bühler.

IKAWA will lead the first phase of user research by inviting professionals from the roasting market to participate in feedback and testing sessions.

Stordy explained that the partners need as many people as possible to get involved by sharing ideas and taking part in user testing to help them deeply understand the goals and challenges users face in production-scale roasting and to improve what is already available in the market.

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