The coffee arrived in a huge truck that parked up on Parnell Road. It was a monster and its presence somewhat irked our new neighbours. Despite the size, the truck was only accompanied by one strong and nuggety driver. Between the two of us we managed to get the pallets of coffee off the truck and down into the brick courtyard that stands in front of the roastery. My Indonesian days had prepared me well for this- 60kg sacks are pretty normal loads for me to handle back in West Java. The driver, who looked like a prop forward, was quite amazed we managed to get the coffee down and stacked within an hour.
By lunchtime the Toper had done several roasts. It is very different from the roaster back home- 10kg vs 25kg, heavy German Pig Iron vs Bospherous steel. However all in all I was really quite impressed with the quality of roasts I have initially got from the roaster. Plenty more work to do before we go live... but step by step getting closer to opening day!