Cropster's Roasting Intelligence (RI) is your eyes and ears in the drum. It allows you to track and visualize up to four temperatures, Rate of Rise and much more to give you accurate, real-time roasting assistance.
Roast curve import
You can import roast curves from other systems into Cropster making the upgrade to Cropster easier. This means you can integrate your previous work and expertise with profiles into Cropster Roast.
Cropster can connect to any commercial roasting machine. Modern plug-and-play machines connect to Cropster with just a cable. Additionally, any machine with ungrounded thermocouples (K, J, E or T type) or RTD temperature sensors can easily connect to Cropster. Of course, personal support throughout the entire setup process (and beyond) is standard.
Auto-start and auto-stop
Roasting Intelligence detects the temperature changes that signal the beginning and ending of your roast and can start and stop the roast automatically based on your preferences.
Searchable drop-downs for profiles and lots
If you have multiple profiles for different batch weights, you can easily seach for and find the right profile from directly within the RI and get straight to roasting.
Roasting Intelligence allows you to read a large variety of different parameters from your roasting machine as you roast. Visualize all key roast values you need in real-time to ensure consistent quality.
Rate of Rise
The Rate of Rise (RoR) curve displays the increase (or decrease) in bean temperature over a period of time. It highlights inconsistencies in temperature development with higher resolution than the bean temperature curve. Roasting Intelligence shows your RoR in real-time as you roast.
4 temperatures simultaneously
Roasting Intelligence can display up to four temperatures simultaneously as you roast.
Monitor real-time airflow in your roasting machine.
Monitor drum speed as you roast (this feature is machine specific, contact us to find out more).
Cropster automatically tracks your gas changes throughout the roast. This critical measurement is displayed during the roast and on select roast machines can be replayed using Cropster gas control and automation features.
Cropster helps you track your start and end roast weights and assigns an average weight loss percentage to each profile to help you plan out your production schedule.
Roasting Intelligence has full offline functionality, so if you have a spotty internet connection on your production floor, don't worry, Roasting Intelligence will work just as planned and automatically sync the next time it is connected to the internet.
Roast Goals allows you to set parameters around things like roast duration or Rate-of-Rise and receive alerts when those goals are met, missed, or exceeded, helping you stay on target.
Dynamic goal settingPRO-FEATURE
With dynamic goal setting, your profile's goals will dynamically applied based on your criteria. If you later change your reference roast, your goals will automatically change too.
Cropster lets you easily set gas values while actively controlling your roasting machine. This feature is manufacturer/model specific, so please get in touch to find out which machines are currently supported.
Profile replay allows you to "replay" a roast curve: load up a new batch and watch as Cropster makes the exact same gas adjustments throughout the roast. This feature is manufacturer/model specific, so please get in touch to find out which machines are currently supported.
Roast curve notes
Cropster lets you easily take notes on your roast curve at any point during roasting. Quickly record events like first crack or color change, make custom comments and choose to record comments by time or temperature.
Automatic stock deduction/green coffee adjustment
Whenever you roast with Roasting Intelligence, your inventory will be automatically updated to reflect the change in your green inventory.
Access your production planning from directly within Roasting Intelligence. Quickly see what needs to be roasted and who is assigned to each batch.
Auto-mark development events
Roasting Intelligence can auto-mark certain events on your roast curve such as color change or first crack.
Roasting Intelligence displays the drying, maillard, and development time phases during the roast in an easy-to-read visual format below your roast curve.
Roast compare report
Review and compare your roasts, their curves and other valuable data such as development time or first crack. Compare their cupping scores to tie everything back to final cup quality.
Editing your profiles with Cropster is easy and intuitive. Made some improvements to your latest profile? Found a better ideal batch size or blend ratio? Make all the changes you need with Cropster.
Profile reference curve
Choose a reference curve and it will be overlaid on the graph as you roast, helping you recreate quality roasts, time and time again.
Per profile goals
Review your goals and success rate for each individual profile. See which profiles are hitting their targets and which profiles need some adjustments.
Cropster fully supports both pre- and post-roast blending, making it easy to create and schedule pre- and post-roast blends, allowing each profile and green coffee component to be handled individually and uniquely.
Per profile ERP-ID
To help tightly integrate systems like production and accounting Cropster includes a dedicated ERP-ID for every profile, making integration with your other systems easy.
Shared Inventory for multiple machines
Do you roast with multiple machines or in different locations? With Cropster your inventory is automatically synced across all of your machines.
Instant inventory updating
With Cropster, your inventory is always up-to-date. No matter how many roasting machines or roasting technicians you have, as soon as something is changed in your inventory, you'll know it.
Clear and informative printouts or PDFs of your roasts are only a few clicks away with Cropster.
Profile quality over time
See how the quality of your profile has changed over time and calibrate your roasting accordingly.
Explore your roast using various parameters and see how they relate to quality. Estimate the strength of correlations between up to 12 parameters and optimize your future roasts.
Analyze your profiles in as much detail as you want. Dig deep into the nitty-gritty, keep the analysis high-level or go somewhere in between, it's all possible with Cropster.
End to end profiling
With Cropster, your roasting process is connected from raw material all the way through final cup quality.
Sort or filter your roasts by any one of 28 fields, from machine used to roast technician to development time ratio and everything in between.
Roast compare report
Access incredibly detailed comparisons of your roasts. Use graphs to visualize the differences across a number of different variables. Cropster will also automatically compile all recorded information into easy-to-read comparison tables.
Cropster's advanced roast scheduling system keeps your schedule synced across multiple machines and locations and includes features that help you optimize and improve your entire scheduling process.
Batch calculation toolsPRO-FEATURE
Use our batch-calculation tools to determine key metrics like green coffee needed or optimal batch size. Cropster takes the busywork (and math) out of scheduling.
Cropster can easily repeat roast schedules. Find you ideal schedule, set it to repeat, and you're good to go.
Schedule by output or inputPRO-FEATURE
Create schedules based on your needed amount of roasted coffee. Get a big order in for one of your blends? Let Cropster calculate the batches for you. No more spreadsheet equations or hand-written roast schedules.
The more you roast and the more machines you have, the more helpful Cropster's scheduling features become and the more time they save you. Cropster is built to grow with you and your business.
Maximizing the quality potential of your coffee requires action before a batch is ruined due to poor drying or storage. You can view the entire history of the conditions during processing and anticipate which lots might be damaged before you present them to buyers.
Set target temperatures, humidity and/or air pressure for any sensor location and receive a notification if that measurement exceeds or falls below your given thresholds. With Cropster, you'll know right away if something is wrong.
Keep track of an unlimited number of sensors and locations directly in Cropster and analyze that information against all other quality aspects of your business.
Create reports summarizing your AmbientSensor data and see where you need to adjust your roasting or your facility management to maintain the quality of your green coffee.
Cropster's AmbientSensors allow you to monitor exactly what is going on in your storage facilities 24/7. Track changes in temperature, humidity and/or air pressure over time and make decisions based on that data.
Collect data on the environmental conditions in your roastery over time and use that information to evaluate how environmental changes impact your quality or consistency.
Use the data you collect via AmbientSensors to optimize your roasting conditions. Quantify exactly what you need to do differently when the fog rolls in or the rain comes down.
Cropster's AmbientSensors allow you to monitor exactly what is going on in and around your cafe, 24/7.
Cropster lets you easily summarize and share sample, cupping and report information. Inviting guests to your QC sessions (guest cuppers/tasters) is quick and easy with Cropster.
Capture all of the essential green coffee data like moisture, density, screen size, defects and more. This important information is then integrated throughout your account to help you when you need it most.
Cropster fully supports both pre- and post-roast blending. That way, you can cup your blends just as you would your single-origin roasts.
Quality compare report
Quality compare helps you analyze and review scores, descriptors, spread and deviation and more to reveal what worked and what didn't.
Screen size can have an effect on multiple decisions in the roastery, and with Cropster you can collect and store this information for reference.
Cropster helps you easily track the moisture content of your coffee, even as it changes over time. Access to this information from sample to roast means you know exactly what you are working with.
Green coffee analysis is built into Cropster and allows complete tracking of defects using industry standard defect categories. We also include support for custom defect categories.
Water activity is an increasingly important metric for roasters. Cropster tracks water activity and provides access to that information from wherever you roast or perform QC checks.
Color tracking of green and roasted coffee helps with uniformity and consistency. Cropster makes it easy to input the color results of your physical analyses and supports different models and devices for tracking color during and after roasting.
QC info is always available
Access all of your QC information, including cupping scores and green grading info, from wherever you roast, cup or relax. Mobile access means you can stay flexible, connected and up-to-date while maintaining and controlling quality.
Custom cupping formsPRO-FEATURE
Cropster supports the designing of your own custom cupping sheets to suit your specific needs. You can also add your own descriptors to fully customize your cupping sessions and take your cupping sessions to the next level.
Advanced cupping sessions (non-blind, blind, double-blind)PRO-FEATURE
With advanced cupping sessions you can set up blind or double-blind cupping sessions. Cropster guides you through the setup and makes creating and printing the necessary labels easy.
Cropster Cup is a fully connected cupping app for smartphones & mobile devices that integrates with the Cropster platform to deliver instant quality results. Cup is always available to fulfill your quality requirements.
Introductory cupping includes access to the essential Cropster cupping sheets, with full on and offline support and all the features you need to successfully record and analyze your cupping results.
Easily add custom descriptors for your cupping sessions. You can define a descriptor as positive or negative and as high, medium or low impact. Reporting and analysis on custom descriptors is fully supported.
Multiple cupping formsPRO-FEATURE
With multiple cupping forms you get full access to hundreds of pre-defined cupping sheets, including industry standards such as the SCA and CoE sheets. This guarantees you always have the best sheet for your needs.
Cup offline wherever you have your phone or tablet: at origin, your warehouse, Everest base camp or anywhere else. Just open the app and the next time you are connected to the internet your results will sync to Cropster.
Track the entire life history of your samples, no matter how many you have. Stay on top of this wealth of information to make better purchasing decisions.
Easily share information about your samples including rating, physical analysis and cupping scores.
Track all your samples, no matter how many you have. Do you import or export lots of samples? Use Cropster to keep sample tracking simple and accurate.
Purchase order numberPRO-FEATURE
Keep track of your samples and contracts via their internal purchase order numbers. Streamline your accounting process and save time. Your accounting team will thank you.
Sort or filter your samples to find out exactly what you need to know. From tracking # to cupping scores or certificates and more, all the information you need is there.
When you import new samples, choose exactly how much information about your samples you want to capture. Need to know everything? Just the essentials? Either way, we've got you covered.
Multiple tracking numbersPRO-FEATURE
Enter your samples' ICO, container or tracking number into Cropster to stay on top of where all of your samples are, whether they are pre-shipment, spot offer or evaluation.
With Cropster you can save time by bulk approving or rejecting samples.
Bulk quality analysisPRO-FEATURE
Perform quality analysis for multiple samples at the same time. Whether you are cupping or green grading, easily input all the results into Cropster.
Quickly create PDF quality reports of one or more samples. Share important quality information that much faster.
Print out sample information with ease. Choose exactly what information you want to be included in your printout, click, and print.
Cropster's sample management presents an overview of all the information you need to make better and more efficient buying decisions.
Integration with sample roasters
With Cropster, your sample roasting is integrated directly into your workflow, giving you all the info you need, whether you are running one sample roaster occasionally or multiple sample roasters several times a day.
With SLIC, traders can easily create sample bag labels with QR codes that roasters can quickly scan to import the sample's data directly into their Cropster account.
Coffee life cycle
Cropster is with you through the entire life cycle of your coffee. From initial sample to bulk orders to cupping, Cropster helps you keep track of all the details, big and small.
Transfer sample to inventoryPRO-FEATURE
Once you've approved a sample and ordered more of that lot, it's easy to transfer it to your green inventory. Just click "add to inventory", enter in the ordered weight, and you're good to go.
Bulk sample importPRO-FEATURE
If you have a lot of samples or are thinking of migrating your sample inventory to Cropster, our bulk sample registration tool makes it easy to quickly enter all of your sample information into the system.
Cropster SLIC helps you create simple, elegant and informative labels for your samples in seconds.
Lot price indication
Track the monetary value of your green inventory across multiple locations.
Trace the entire history of your lots, from farm to warehouse to roastery. Multiple farms, warehouses or roasteries? See exactly where everything has been and where it is now with Cropster.
Look into the history of a specific lot. See where it is, where it has been, how much of it is remaining and when it is projected to run out.
Track valuable information about your relationships with farmers and importers and better evaluate your business relationships with Cropster.
With Cropster, you can split or merge lots together with a few clicks of the mouse and save time on your inventory management process.
Keep track of where your lots are and transfer them from warehouse to roastery with ease.
Do you have multiple warehouses or roasteries? Are you planning on it? Cropster grows with you, making it easy to keep track of and manage your business as it expands to more locations.
Easily tag coffees that should be grouped together.
Green coffee usage projections
Cropster automatically predicts when your green coffee will run out based on your current production and schedule. Use this information to plan purchases and ensure that you always have enough green on hand.
Inventory level alerts
Track your coffee inventory and receive notifications when inventory levels go below your warning level to stay on top of your stock and ensure that no one ever runs out of coffee.
Green lot swapping
Need to replace a lot? Simply select the lot and our system will highlight every profile using that lot. Then select the profiles you want to change and adjust them with just a few clicks, saving you time and improving your workflow.
Cropster's advanced inventory management system lets you sort and filter your inventory based on any one of 32 variables. From basics like name or origin country to specifics like water activity or screen size, the possibilities are (almost) endless.
Easily transfer coffees between all of your locations and keep track of where your coffee is.
Print full details
Sometimes you just need it printed out. Cropster lets you easily print out the full details or a quality summary of any roast.
Set a desired date range and see what your business' production numbers are in terms of both roasted and green coffee. Find trends in your usage and use that data to better plan for future purchases.
Visualize production output over time by profile, green inventory, machine or roast technicians to get a visual, high-level overview of how your business is doing.
Green inventory report
The Green Inventory Report automatically shows your current inventory across multiple locations and how much it is worth. Easily sort and search by specific location or certificate or see graphs showing your individual lots.
Audit reporting (input/output)PRO-FEATURE
Track details of input and output as required by any regulators/government bodies.
Audit reporting (certification)PRO-FEATURE
Track details of any certified products (Fair Trade, Rainforest Alliance, Organic, etc.) across your production.
Roast labels for coffee bins/samples
With Cropster you can easily print labels for each roast or sample. These informative labels contain information about the roast as well as the PR-number, allowing you to link the physical product with the item in your Cropster account.
Inventory view customization
There are more possible ways to customize the information you see on your inventory overview page than cells in the human body. Trust us, we did the math.
Get an overview of your current green inventory status. See where it is, how much you have and what it is worth. Use filters to find the data you need. Looking for green coffee from a specific supplier or crop year? No problem.
Update your inventory on the fly with your phone or tablet.
Keep your inventory organized with industry-standard certifications, such as Rainforest Alliance or Organic certifications. Sort and filter your current inventory via certifications.
Look into the history of a specific lot. See where it is, where it has been, how much coffee is remaining and when it is projected to run out.
Create summaries of your roast output for a given time period, find trends and use that data to better plan your future green coffee purchases.
Visualize production output by profile, green inventory, machine or roast technicians to get an overview of how your business is doing.
Green inventory report
The Green Inventory Report shows your current inventory across multiple locations. See how much coffee is in each location and how much it is worth. Sort and search by specific location or certificate.
Roast Goals allows you to set parameters around things like roast duration or rate of rise and receive notifications when those goals are met, missed or exceeded.
Quality over time
See how your coffee quality has changed over time. Chart the profile development or lot history over any given period of time.
Individual roaster profilesPRO-FEATURE
Check in on each of your roasters and see how they have been doing, where they are hitting or exceeding their targets and where they may need more support.
Analyze single cupping sessions or compare multiple to find out how your coffees are peforming and how your team aligns on their scoring.
Roast compare report
Roast Compare lets you compare multiple roasts by displaying their roast curves on one graph and comparing roast statistics such as duration, development time, average cupping score and more. Identify key aspects of a good roast and use this to improve quality.
The Cropster dashboard is sleek, informative and customizable. Like that first cup of coffee in the morning, the Cropster dashboard gives you exactly what you need to start your day off right.
Order to roastPRO-FEATURE
Order to Roast is a comprehensive order handling system that ties together green inventory, roast machines, teams and locations to streamline your scheduling process while keeping you up-to-date via notifications and reports to track your progress.
Order to roast takes your Shopify orders and automatically converts them to a production plan, ensuring that you roast just the right amount of coffee for your customers
Cropster is accessible online, anytime, via any internet browser enabled device. Yes, even your smartwatch (we've tried).
Education and sharing
We are always trying to expand our knowledge of the specialty coffee industry and we actively share that knowledge with all of our customers.
Cropster support comes with over 100 manuals dealing with the most common problems, FAQs and setup processes. Search for and access manuals from directly within Cropster.
Cropster includes a personal support system with full ticketing. That means if you have a problem, your ticket gets automatically sent to the right person for the job who will reach out to you with support for your specific issue.
Do you think Cropster is missing a feature or something could be improved? We work closely with coffee professionals across the supply chain and many of our best features and ideas come from their suggestions. Let us know!
One Cropster account gives you access to an unlimited number of users. Define each user's role and ensure Cropster is optimized for their specific job. Create groups, track all of your metrics against users, manage permissions and more.
Cropster's API allows you to connect Cropster to enterprise software systems. Integrate your samples, production schedules and inventory into the systems you already use and save time across the board.
(Note: this feature is for enterprise accounts only)
Cropster gives you full control over your lab's descriptors, lab locations, cupping sheets and categorizations to ensure easy and complete tracking of every aspect of your coffee and quality processes.
Cropster is available in 9 different languages other than English so you can roast and plan in your preferred language.