To help reinvigorate the country’s coffee industry, the Cavite State University (CavSU) has developed a low-cost coffee-roasting machine, designed to help increase farmers’ income.
The CavSU project dubbed as the “Technology Piloting and Commercialization of Microcontroller-based Coffee Roasting Machine,” with funding from the National Coffee Research, Development and Extension Center in collaboration with the Bureau of Agricultural Research developed two prototype-roasting machines and one final prototype specifically for commercialization.
During the Kapihan: 1st Coffee Day Celebration, CavSU introduced the first ever prototype, named as “Bravura Roasting Machine,” which has a microcontroller device that completely controls its operation.
The machine can produce 10 kilos of roasted coffee per batch of roasting and takes 20 minutes on the average to achieve the required roasting process. It can roast not just coffee, but also peanut and cacao.
“Bravura is made of stainless steel materials with a well-designed auger that produces even bean roasting. It has single phase motor coupled with microcontroller device for automatic operation,” Dr. Mary Jane Tepora, project staff at CavSU, said.
The Bravura is the cheapest roasting machine available in the market today. This locally made roasting machine costs P485,000 per unit or around $11,100. This is a lot cheaper than VR-10 (10 kg) of the United States ($35,958) or GHIBLI R-15 (5-15 kg) of Europe ($ 24,735).