Custom Build: The Hobart HR7 Rotisserie for Cacao and maybe coffee?

A few months ago we had the great pleasure to build a custom Cacao roaster for Carol Morse of Acalli Chocolate out of a Hobart HR7 roaster.  This was a great build that included a laterally opening door for the drum since it would be mounted in the oven to the point that removal would be difficult.

Some interesting points were that she requested a temperature probe and a sample port to sample the beans.  The sample port could be accessed externally without disturbing the roast, and the temperature could read directly from the bean mass.


This was a truly fun build, and something that we are pleased to add to the product lineup.  If you’re interested in a custom build, let us know how we can help.  We also can work with a number of different rotisserie machines.  The project turned out great and Carol reports the amchine roasts very well.  Thanks Carol!

I’ve been wondering about the suitability for coffee, any thoughts?




Author: Shane Lewis

Shane is the founder of the green coffee exporter Old Spanish Main, Ltda. in Bogotá, Colombia, having practiced under the renowned grader & cupper Lelly Espitia. He is a cultivator of a #14 Colombian Cup of Excellence coffee. Shane currently designs & manufactures coffee, cacao & grain roasters with RK Drums.