Getting Started with Cropster Roast

This manual will introduce the two main tools and the basic steps of getting started with Cropster Roast.

Your roast machine needs to be successfully connected to the Roasting Intelligence before you can start performing the actions outlined in this article.

If you need assistance connecting your roast machine, check our Knowledge base or contact our Support Team. We are here for you.

Introducing the two main tools 

Before you start roasting, we recommend you familiarize yourself with the tools below:
  1. Managing tool: Online platform C-sar
  2. Roasting tool: Roasting Intelligence (RI)

Online platform C-sar 

The online platform C-sar is a cloud tool that stores all your data and helps you to keep track of your production, green inventory, quality control, and much more. 

The key features of the online platform C-sar vary depending on your subscription and permission.
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💡 You can select what information you'd like to see on your dashboard after logging into the online platform C-sar. By clicking on the dropdown next to Customize, you can select the relevant information to your workflow.

📚 Learn how to select your currency

Roasting Intelligence (RI)

The Roasting Intelligence (RI) visualizes and tracks your roasts, and also (depending on the roast machine) replays your profiles. 

Your roasts will also be uploaded and stored on the online platform C-sar. It will help you to analyze your roasts and organize your roastery.

The basic steps of starting with Cropster Roast

The method of roasting can be compared to cooking. To create a delicious meal, you need two components: ingredients and a recipe. 

To make a great roast, your ingredients are your lots added to the Inventory and your recipe is your Profile

In the following sections we will explain you the basic steps of getting started with Cropster Roast.

We kindly recommend you to follow this workflow to get the most out of Cropster.
  1. Adding locations
  2. Adding lots to the Green Inventory
  3. Creating a Profile or Profile groups 
  4. Performing your first roast with the Roasting Intelligence (RI)
  5. Setting a reference roast

Adding locations

By using locations you are able to split your lots and also track all the actions after you assigned your lots to a certain location, e.g. roastery, warehouse. 

You can add the following location types:
  • Roastery
  • Lab
  • Cafe
  • Warehouse
  • Farm
  • Mill
  • Other
    💡 You can also create a virtual location to keep track of your contracted lots.

📚 Learn more about managing your locations

Adding lots to the Green Inventory

Inventory outlines your physical coffee stock and helps you to keep track of it via the online platform C-sar.

With Cropster you can also split your inventory between locations, e.g. roasting facilities and warehouses.

Cropster will also automatically deduct the amount of green coffee from your Inventory when you roast, so you will always know exactly how beans you have left. 

📚 Learn more about managing your Green Inventory

Creating a Profile or Profile groups

In Cropster we use the term Profiles to refer to the recipe you use to create your final product. 
The recipe gives you the ingredients and also the instructions. 

A Profile group is a set of different profiles that all create the same product or product component. It is required when setting up and scheduling post-roast blends. 
📚 Learn how to create a Profile group

Profiles allow you to track each roast based on how you roast them.

You can create three types of Profiles in Cropster:

  1. Single origin
  2. Pre-roast blend
  3. Post-roast blend 

We recommend a maximum number of 100 active profiles.
📚 Learn more about managing your Profiles

Performing your first roast with the Roasting Intelligence (RI)

The screenshots refer to the Roasting Intelligence (RI5). In case you previously used the Roasting Intelligence (RI4) we kindly invite you to check the newly improved features of RI5. To upgrade to RI5, please download the Roasting Intelligence (RI5).

The Roasting Intelligence (RI) provides the data to develop your products to the next level.
It increases your efficiency and helps you to keep consistency in quality. 

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Setting a Reference Curve

After you successfully finished with your first roast and have developed your Profiles, you can set your Reference Curve. 
💡 We recommend creating a Profile for all your recipes so you can set a Reference Curve for each profile.

The Reference Curve is your guideline during the roast and an important tool to maximize your consistency.
💡 This will be the grey curve in the background of your Roasting Intelligence that guides you through the roast.
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📚 Learn more about how to set and maintain Reference Curves

Contacting Customer Support 

It's important to know whenever a question occurs besides the Helpdesk Knowledge base, our dedicated Team is also here to help you. Just submit a ticket and we will get back to you as soon as it is possible. 

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Congratulations! You are now ready to roast!

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