"By all accounts, there is a fair amount of genuine terror associated with one’s first purchase of a production roaster.
In the case of Brian Dwiggins, who is now roasting under the name Borealis Coffee Roasters in Pawtucket, R.I., by way of Colorado and his original home Alaska, that roaster is a Probat model purchased in 2014 from Coffeetec. Dwiggins had settled on the model after roasting classes atCoffee Lab International in Waterbury, Vt.
“I had literally searched every state and major city on Craigslist on a weekly basis for two years without any luck,” Dwiggins recently told Daily Coffee News. “It showed up on Coffeetec’s website and I called for more info. Jay (at Coffeetec) basically told me that he wanted to sell it to me but it was silly if I didn’t have a place to put it. It was time to go all in or forget about it.”
Dwiggins did go all in, and the place is the Historic Lorraine Mills Arts Collaborative, a 35,000-square-foot complex composed of workshops and production spaces for all manners of craftspeople and artists in Pawtucket.
We recently contacted Dwiggins to discuss the Borealis concept, roasting coffee in Rhode Island, and balancing roasting with a full-time career in film lighting throughout New England."