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Get down to roasting right away - set up Cropster in just a few steps!

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Are you using Cropster for the first time? Don’t worry, with the latest release setting up your roastery is even easier and faster so you and your team can focus on the coffee, technology comes second. In just a few simple clicks, you’ll be ready to fire up your roasting machine and get down to business. We put a lot of hard work and thoughts into saving you time and presenting exactly the information you need, when you need it. That’s one reason, we’re even more excited to share all of the details of our latest release with you below.

When you start up Cropster for the first time, the new & simple dashboard welcomes you and brings you automatically into the setup process for your roast machines (second time logging on? Just head to the setup via this link to start the process anytime). Interested in what else the dashboard can do? Including customization? Get up to speed about all the details and features of the new dashboard here.

Set up your roasting machines in a few clicks

As a first step, you will be asked to download & install the Cropster Roasting Intelligence (RI) and given the machine specific manual for your roasting machine(s). There are two methods to connect your machine to Cropster: Plug & play or via the Cropster Connector. If you need a Cropster Connector, our sales team will get in touch with you before setting up your Cropster account and they’ll get one sent to you right away. We’ve outlined everything you need to know about how to connect your roasting machines here. And in case you were wondering: Yes, it is easy. If you need any help at all, you can always contact our support team who are here to help. 

Once you’re connected and the RI is in place, we recommend that you watch our video on how to get started. It’s a short but very useful introduction. Oh, and if you’re using Cropster Lab and don’t use sample roasters, then you can skip this step and continue with setting up users instead. 

Download & Install Cropster Roasting Intelligence

Connecting and setting up your roasting machine(s) is easy.

Get all your roasters, lab workers, cuppers, etc. on board

Once you’re connected you’ll want to start roasting. But before you do, take a moment to invite your team to Cropster by adding their name and Email address. Make sure, you tick the right box for the person’s role before you send the invite. Choose from roaster, evaluator, data manager or group admin. This will identify what they see when they are set up. We know that roles and responsibilities can change over time, so what they see can be customized later on. But, doing this right at the start will save you a lot of time in the future, give you better information and them relevant information from day one. Plus, it takes seconds. You will be very happy you took this step right at the beginning! ;-)

Invite users and select their roles

When you invite your users, make sure to select their roles and permissions.

Working across the world - not a problem!

If you have multiple locations, you then continue to the next step where you’re able to set up any warehouses, roasting locations and countries you work in - in just a few clicks. 

Setup your locations

Multiple locations? Keep an overview of your warehouses and roasting locations right from the start. 

Choose your cupping sheets & details right away

When it comes to cupping your coffees, you can choose the sensorial sheets you’ll be using in the next step of the setup. Cropster has lots of different sheets available, so you’ll find one easily. If there is something missing that you’d really like to have, please contact our support team. There are two ways of cupping with Cropster: using your browser to enter all details or using the Cropster Cup app. You can easily download & install Cropster Cup by scanning the QR-Code that you’ll see in the setup process. Once you’ve done that, you can cup your coffees anytime, anywhere and on any mobile device!

Choose your cupping sheets

Don’t forget to choose your cupping sheets and use the Cropster Cup app to cup anywhere, anytime, on any mobile device!

Part of the cocoa business? Set up your physical analysis easily!

If you are working in the cocoa business, there is one additional step that you’ll go through when getting started with Cropster. You’ll want to choose the default settings for your physical analysis and the cut test sheets you want to use as well. 

Setup physical analysis as cocoa business

If you’re a cocoa business there’s one additional step to get your physical analysis and cut tests prepared.

Done. You are ready to get to the good stuff!

Congratulations! You're ready to get to the good stuff

When you see the perfect cappuccino, you’re ready to go. :-)

Awesome, you’ve gone through all the steps in just a few clicks and have now finished the setup. It’s time to get down to business, but we recommend to start with making yourself a cup of coffee and exploring Cropster and all the features first.

 

Interested in the picture at the top? On the left our latest Cropster Connector. On the right the very first one which featured a lego case. :-)