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Cropster Roast is the smartest roast profiling software (Roasting Intelligence) combined with a web platform helping you roast consistent results, efficiently organize your roastery and better understand your coffee quality.

Cropster helps us keep track of our green beans, cupping scores, roast profiles and a whole lots more all in an easy to use online format. And the folks there are awesome too.
Cropster has proven to be an immensely powerful tool in our quality control program: it dramatically enhances our ability to measure and study the mechanisms of quality and has made us better at what we do.
Cropster has become an instrumental part of our quality control and roasting program. Without doubt it has helped improve our quality and consistency.

Roasting

Easy, clean, complete roast profiling
  • Get all key roast values at highest accuracy
  • Integrate with inventory, QC, roast analysis
  • Hands on roasting - Cropster keeps the notes

Focus on the roasting process. Cropster's Roasting Intelligence (RI) is your eyes and ears in the drum. Track and visualize four temperatures, Rate-of-Rise (RoR), gas, rotations, speeds and pressures for accurate real-time roasting assistance. Reference curves and timers guide you through the process to produce consistent results. Schedule roasts while Cropster keeps your inventory up-to-date. All the roasts sync to your account where you can dig in and analyze details.

Profiling

Discover ideal roast profiles
  • Compare roast curves and events
  • Discover correlations of roast parameters
  • Make the perfect roast

Perfecting roast profiles goes beyond roast logging. Compare roasts in detail and see how roast times, temperatures and other parameters link with quality characteristics. Minimize deficiencies, maximize consistency and improve your roast profile with every batch.

Inventory

Manage green coffee. Hands free.
  • Keep inventory updated with every roast
  • Manage samples/lots in multiple warehouses
  • Plan green buying based on history

Let green coffee management be your friend, not your enemy. Cropster adjusts your green inventory with each roast – even for blends. Handle samples and lots in and between warehouses and keep track of them by weight, origin, grades, quality and more. The inventory report shows stock levels at a glance. Based on transaction history Cropster preemptively identifies and shows you when each coffee will run out. No spreadsheets needed! Read more...

Production

Stay on top of production.
  • Frame roast profiles via Roast Ranger
  • Schedule roasts for multiple days
  • Run production reports with just one click

Cropster allows you to schedule production, track your output and create handy production reports.  Schedule by profile (also pre-roast blends), machine, worker, weights and # of batches to get more out of your roasting day. Set parameters for roast profiles with Roast Ranger to consistently meet production goals. Filter by roast output per profile, green coffee, worker, machine, location, certification and more. 

Quality Control

Understand the quality you produce
  • Get Roast Ranger alerts on roast flaws 
  • Cropster Cup App
  • Schedule blind cupping sessions

Choose from custom cupping sheets and cup coffees efficiently with Cropster Cup. Schedule blind cupping sessions, invite cuppers and print sample labels to organize the day in the lab quick and easy. Consistent quality with less effort: Cropster’s Roast Ranger automatically checks if your roasts meet predefined ranges of Rate of Rise, development time, temps and more. It alerts you directly after each batch about missed goals and roast consistency.

Setup

Setup and integration made easy

 

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Starter***
79 89 /month
paid monthly
paid annually
for 1 roasting machine*

Start up your roastery with consistent roast profiling...

up to 10,000 lbs / y
~ 4,500 kg
Roasting Intelligence
Cropster Cup + [33|29|33|29]/month
Roast Comparison
Introductory Green Inventory
Introductory Cupping
Production Reporting
Basic
145 165 /month
paid monthly
paid annually
incl. 1 roast machine*

...purchase more green coffee and cup results...

up to 20,000 lbs / y
~ 9,100 kg
All of Starter
Cropster Cup + [33|29|33|29]/month
Green Inventory Reports
Relationship tracking
Multiple Cupping forms
Lot pricing
Plus
189 219 /month
paid monthly
paid annually
incl. 1 roast machine*

...manage production and multiple locations...

up to 200,000 lbs / y
~ 91,000 kg
All of Basic
Cropster Cup + [33|29|33|29]/month
Advanced green inventory
Multiple locations
Roast Ranger & Explorer
Roast Scheduling
Professional
289 329 /month
paid monthly
paid annually
incl. 1 roast machine*

...handle samples and manage a cupping lab...

up to 1,000,000 lbs / y
~ 450,000 kg
All of Plus
Cropster Cup included
Sample management
Blind cupping sessions
Cupper evaluation
Green grading
Sharing
Unlimited
389 439 /month
paid monthly
paid annually
incl. 1 roast machine*

...without limitation of production volume!

unlimited
All Features included
Cropster Cup included

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions? Please take a look at the FAQ below for quick answers. If you don't happen to see what you're looking for, please contact us. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

Setup & Service

What temperature sensors does Cropster support?

The Cropster Roasting Intelligence supports ungrounded thermocouples of types K, J, T, E or RTD Pt-100/PT-1000 probes

What do I need to get Crospter Roast running?

You need a computer or laptop (not new but stable), internet access and a roast machine with temperature sensors. Upon order you will either receive our Cropster data bridge (RI Box) or we enable connection via ethernet cable to your roast machine (e.g. Giesen, Loring, ...)

Does Cropster work with my roaster?

Cropster works on any drum roaster or barrel sample roaster. The Cropster data bridge (RI box) connects to the temperature sensors of your roast machine (both ungrounded thermocouples of types K, J, T, E or RTD Pt-100/PT-1000 probes). 

I am unsure what temperature sensors/probes my roaster uses. Who can help?

Most roasters have a default temperature sensor that they use. We know most of them, just let us know your roaster model and year of manufacturing. If it remains unclear we can help you identify the probe type. Just send us a picture of the wire leads of the probe cable. The colors will tell us about the probe type.

I want to order Cropster. When does the 30 day trial start?

After placing an order we will get in touch with you within one business day. We will provide you with the necessary hardware and help you set up your roaster to connect it to Cropster. Your 30 day trial starts when you are all set up to work with Cropster. Not earlier.

What computer requirements do I need to run Cropster?

Cropster runs in Windows, Mac and Linux environment. The web platform can be accessed through any web browser.

Who supports me during setup?

When you place an order a Cropster staff member will get in touch with you. He or she is your personal contact and provides you with all the information you need for a quick and easy setup. We will send you detailed manuals and stand by via email or phone should you have any questions.

How do I get familiar with all the functionalities?

We manage an extensive 101 and help base which you will find following the “Help” button in your Cropster account. Also, we offer free skype trainings particularly during the trial period to help you get started with all the functionalities. Of course, also after the trial we are anytime there to answer your questions.

Data, Security & Integration

Who owns the data?

The data is yours. Anytime. This is secured by our privacy policy.

How is my data protected?

All data is written to multiple disks instantly, backed up daily, and stored in multiple locations. The data is stored on our own servers to which only authorized personnel has access.

Does Cropster integrate with other ERP systems for e.g. warehousing?

Yes. Cropster has an API that provides information around green lots and roast batches including roast parameters and other key information. 

Do I get my data back if I want to quit using Cropster?

Yes. You can export most data directly from your Cropster account as a csv file.

How secure are my inputs?

Whenever your data is in transit between you and us, everything is encrypted, and sent using HTTPS. The same standard that banks use.

Can I export data from Cropster?

Cropster provides many reports that let you export data as excel or pdf file. Among these are inventory (by green lot and location), roast output (by profile or green lot), quality results and many more.

Does Cropster integrate with other ERP systems for e.g. warehousing?

Yes. Cropster has an API that provides information around green lots and roast batches including roast parameters and other key information. 

Features & Functionalities

How easy is data input? What data do I need to input manually?

We try to make data input as easy as possible. Roast monitoring, storing, organization and inventory adjustment happen automatically. Green coffee needs to be put in manually, but there are bulk features that make your life easy. Bulk cupping features make it easy to tie quality results to your roasts and green coffee.

Can I trace processes between roasting, green coffee and cuppings?

The Cropster platform is based on integration and traceability between processes. Any process or processing result can be linked between the according steps of the coffee between origin and cup.

I sometimes have bad internet where I roast. Can I roast offline?

Yes. Keep roasting with the RI even if you are offline. Roasts are stored locally and synced to the server when you go back online. However, we recommend having a more or less stable internet connection where you roast to get most out of Cropster.

Does Cropster Roast control my roast machine? Can I automate my roasting with it?

No. Cropster does not control your roast machine. Our goal is to read out accurate information, visualize it, organize it and make it available for further analysis. However, we are developing profilers for other roast machine manufacturers that integrate with Cropster.

I am the production manager at a roastery. Are there tools to plan roast days, manage workers or check upon roast consistency from remote?

Sure. You can schedule roasts, look at the roast performance of your co-workers from anywhere in the world and even receive reports from Roast Ranger about consistency of your production.

Can I connect my multi-barrel sample roaster?

Yes. The Roasting Intelligence visualizes up to 4 sample roaster barrels on one screen with only one piece of hardware. Read more on our blog.

Does Cropster handle multiple users and workers?

Yes. In your Cropster account you can handle multiple users. Invite them via email and they get a login to your account. As admin you can give them different permissions to view and edit information. Besides users, you can also manage workers like roasters and cuppers. They can, but don’t have to be users of your Cropster account. Workers help you trace who roasted which batch and to calibrate your cupping panel.

Can I use multiple roast machines with Cropster?

Of course. Create pre-roast blend profiles and directly assign the percentage of each component or green lot. The inventory will deduct the right amounts. Post roast blends can easily be handled via merge and split functions.

Does Cropster handle multiple locations like roasteries or warehouses?

Yes, and all processes between them are fully traceable. Transaction reports visualize any movements between them. You can manage roasteries, warehouses or even virtual warehouses for e.g. contracted coffees.

Can I create pre- or post-roast blends with Cropster?

Of course. Create pre-roast blend profiles and directly assign the percentage of each component or green lot. The inventory will deduct the right amounts. Post roast blends can easily be handled via merge and split functions.

How can I access my profiles, roasts, green coffee and cupping data?

Through the Cropster web platform, accessible through any web browser. From anywhere, anytime. You get your own Cropster account and login which only you can access.