I break the Rwandan posts today to talk about news that happened today.
I must admit I’ve had better days than today. I’m still quite tired from the Rwanda trip, and so much to catch up on and much to do. So today sitting in the office I get a whiff of this very strange smell. My nose is incredibly sensitive as a good coffee roasters should. I look but can’t find anything so I think it must be someone burning rubbish etc outside. But it gets stronger then starts to bloom smoke from my 15kg roaster that is cooling down after finishing its roasts for the morning.
This gets worse and worse, until I start to empty extinguisher after extinguisher while we wait for the local fire brigade to come. I evacuate the building as its getting quite bad. A few times I worried me might lose control of the fire. I’ve posted some photos below of the aftermath
The great news is we were only down for an hour and a half, we were cleaned up and ready to go again and every order placed up until three today went out. This is because I have a great (small) team of people who pulled together to make sure we can do what we do so well (well done guys). The other good news is no one got hurt and this wont effect any of the production at all due to the unique way we have a roaster for every occasion. Its so strange as roaster maintenance and cleaning is kind of so over the top from us. We stripped this machine down just a couple of days ago. You don’t know when they are going to strike but when they do you know about it.
The bad news is my middle roaster is out for a while as the machine I think is finished. We will see what the insurance company say tomorrow but it looks bad. But we will have to work a little harder with different batch sizes, but I think we will be fine as we tend to use this one the least.
One of my favorite (if you can have a favorite) of the pictures is the one below. The stack is around 15ft high and you can see the burning on the top of the chimney from the fire. At one point flames were roasting out.
But we are all ok and things are normal here so please don’t worry.