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    Roasting at home in garage in CT

    hey guys, my wife and i are getting ready to purchase our first roaster to roast from home. our inital plan was to sell online and at farmers markets, but weve had a few friends who own cafes ask us about supplying our roasted beans to their cafe. does anyone know if there is any law that will prevent us from roasting out of our garage and doing wholesale in the state of CT?
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    Quote Originally Posted by joeydyna View Post
    hey guys, my wife and i are getting ready to purchase our first roaster to roast from home. our inital plan was to sell online and at farmers markets, but weve had a few friends who own cafes ask us about supplying our roasted beans to their cafe. does anyone know if there is any law that will prevent us from roasting out of our garage and doing wholesale in the state of CT?
    depends on where you live. I live in Los Angeles in residential area. so I can not use commercial roaster in my garage or back yard. even around where I live, you can not install commercial roaster due to city ordinance.

    so, you need to check with city whether you can do in your garage or not.

    we have a forum roaster, jumpinjakjava. he roasts in his house, probably garage, but his house is bit out-skirts from the town that they "allow" to roast coffee.

    so, the best thing is to check with city.

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    living in CT i have searched high and low on the town and state websites and cant seem to find anything discussing roasting, let alone roasting out of my garage. i also left a message with the health department and sent an email...if anyone else has any ideas i would greatly appreciate them!
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    As Ensoluna recommends, you will need to check with your state authorities. I am in the process of starting up (my roaster is currently making its way across the Pacific Ocean).

    In New York, food preparation falls under either Farms and Markets or NY Health Dept. Coffee roasting does not fall under the home kitchen exemption, like baked goods do. Farms and Markets is a bit less strict than Health Dept in NY. The difference in authority is how much of your business is retail (e.g. bagged roasted beans, coffee making paraphernalia, t-shirts, etc.) and on-site service (e.g. serving coffee drinks, pastries, etc.).

    At a minimum, in NY, you are required to have a commercial kitchen with three-basin sink, hand-washing station, and washable floors, walls, ceiling. I would not be at all surprised to find the same in CT. A little time spent on a search engine should help elucidate this.

    Best of luck with your venture!
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    ive been on search engines all day trying to find something. no such luck. my garage will have the floors, insulated walls and ceiling. just trying to figure out the rest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dragonflycanoe View Post
    As Ensoluna recommends, you will need to check with your state authorities. I am in the process of starting up (my roaster is currently making its way across the Pacific Ocean).Best of luck with your venture!
    Regards, Dan Gato Diablo Coffee (and maybe Chocolate).
    "across the pacific ocean"? Dan, what are you getting? and since you are getting one "across the ocean", I am guessing that you will be opening up your own roasting company? will you be selling via online? or local distribution?

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    Quote Originally Posted by joeydyna View Post
    hey guys, my wife and i are getting ready to purchase our first roaster to roast from home. our inital plan was to sell online and at farmers markets, but weve had a few friends who own cafes ask us about supplying our roasted beans to their cafe. does anyone know if there is any law that will prevent us from roasting out of our garage and doing wholesale in the state of CT?
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    I would contact the department of agriculture. At least in Florida we report to them not the health department. Good luck and let us know how you got on .
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    @joeydyna - I had the best luck getting info by contacting my county's health department, who put me in touch with the inspector I will be working with. She was very helpful with respect to defining requirements and more. As I re-read my earlier message, perhaps suggesting using the phone would have been better advice than relying on google...

    @ ensoluna - I am awaiting a 1kg Mill City (North) roaster, and yes, we are establishing a micro-roastery company. We have an immediate opportunity to share space with an existing coffee shop that has a new owner that is making positive changes in one of our small, local communities. We have an opportunity to purchase property (actually two - it's complicated) in another local community that we are wrestling with.

    At least we've chosen our name - Gato Diablo Coffee Roasters

    Cheers,
    Dan

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    Quote Originally Posted by dragonflycanoe View Post
    @ ensoluna - I am awaiting a 1kg Mill City (North) roaster, and yes, we are establishing a micro-roastery company. We have an immediate opportunity to share space with an existing coffee shop that has a new owner that is making positive changes in one of our small, local communities. We have an opportunity to purchase property (actually two - it's complicated) in another local community that we are wrestling with.

    At least we've chosen our name - Gato Diablo Coffee Roasters

    Cheers,
    Dan
    great! my very best wishes to your new business. Anyway, I would like to be your very first customer when you start roasting. so as soon as you start roasting, please let us know via here posting what coffees available. I will pay you via paypal and you send some for me, to my house in Los Angeles.
    thanks and again, good luck.

 

 
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