florida dept of agriculture

East Coast Coffee

New member
Apr 9, 2009
i am looking for a roaster in florida who is inspected by the dept. of agriculture :x . my inspector says that my roaster has to be washed, rinsed and sanitized after every batch :( . can i get some feedback on this from others in the business? this seems rather impossible given the type of machinery it is.


New member
Jan 29, 2009
North Eastern Pennsylvania
... sounds like a wheel was looking for some grease.

Did you mention that you are not working with a perishable? That sounds like it would be for a butchers block or something that could carry bacteria if not sanitized.


Super Moderator
Staff member
Aug 14, 2003
Boca Raton
Actually Alun..the organic cert people said that if you "purge" your roaster for a certain amount of time(heat drum to 450degrees) then it is ok to switch from organic to non organic...so they say :wink:


New member
Jul 16, 2004
Hartford and New Haven, CT
I don't think it has anything to do with organic certification, notice the inspector wants to have the roaster washed, rinsed and sanitized after every batch. The inspector is totally off his mind, tell the dude roasting is done in a very high temperature environment, over 300F for well over 5 minutes, not too many cockroaches or rats can survive inside the roaster when you fire that baby off.