The Tin Lizzie of roasters.

If there were such a thing as old school roaster porn, this would be it.

Built by The Emmericher Maschinenfabrik & EisengieBerei Company, who later changed their name to Probat, this beauty can be found at Colombo Tea & Coffee Co. in Durbs. The gigantic coal-fired roaster dates pre-WWI and gives a taste of how coffee was roasted back in the day.

Thank goodness modern roasters are fuelled by gas and we can enjoy a cuppa at a local roastery without feeling like we are sitting in the boiler room of the Flying Scotsman or any other coal-fired locomotive for that matter.

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Written by Cindy Taylor

Cindy is the editor in chief and photographer for I Love Coffee.


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4 Responses to “The Tin Lizzie of roasters.”

  1. Francois Botha February 22, 2011 at 10:41 am #

    Wow! This is amazing! Almost looks alive…

  2. cuth February 22, 2011 at 1:35 pm #

    spit. polish. scrapper. soft cloth.
    Can I come play?

  3. Kyle Fraser February 23, 2011 at 7:15 am #

    You’re always welcome Cuth :)

    We have polished the roaster again since then, Durban humidity won’t let us take too much of the old coffee dust off, rust attacks quicker than you would think!

    But go ahead, bring your spit and scrapper, I’ve got plenty of polish here for you :)


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