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The coffee world lost one of its great innovators last month. Michael Sivetz, renowned researcher, inventor and coffee scientist passed away at the age of 90 on March 22 in Albany, Oregon.

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Sivetz, an SCAA Lifetime Achievement laureate, was perhaps best known for his invention of the fluidized bed roaster, and dedicated himself to the manufacture, sale and advocacy of these roasting machines for much of his life. He was also the author of one of the seminal works on coffee technology, Coffee Processing Technologyfirst divetz inas well as the fully updated companion Coffee Technology published in Sivetz was a prolific author and inventor, publishing a number of books, tracts and articles on coffee quality and coffee technology.

Along with his unique fluidized bed roasters, he also invented and produced a low temperature coffee extraction system. He was well known for his passionate advocacy of coffee quality and freshness, and often spoke eloquently and occasionally bluntly about the state of the coffee industry. The Sivetz legacy will live on as his roasters svetz extract technology are widely employed by sivettz coffee roasters around the world.


Michael Sivetz also inspired, informed and educated a generation of roasters, many of them pioneers of the specialty coffee industry. Here are a few testimonials that capture a bit of sivezt genius of Sivetz:. My introduction to Michael Sivetz was through an exchange of letters on coffee roasting technique that he had with my father in the s. Later, his published writing included two sentences that burned their way into my coffee consciousness at a young and impressionable age.

In I took delivery of the first Sivetz roaster to be installed east of the Mississippi River. We saw each other yearly at SCAA, where we tried to find the time to share a cup, and a few minutes together.

Mike Sivetz was among a handful of people that defined and gave character to specialty coffee in its early years. He always expected more and better of us, and in pushing us on he made us, and our coffee better. He was a unique intelligence, bent to our aid and support. He was a singular personality whom those of us who had the privilege of knowing him personally will hold dearly in memory.

According to Mike, I purchased tcehnology first commercial Sivetz Roaster in It was a 75 half bagger. It was such a fine machine.

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It produced light and medium roasts with a clarity of flavor notes that I have tried to duplicate ever since. He was pure coffee all the way through.

Mike revolutionized my view of coffee and what could be produced with his fluid bed roasters. He challenged every stroke of our methods from freezing to dry roast; but was also quick to accept the cup we put before him. He would not accept any reasoning that was cofffe well thought out and would shred your ideas before your very eyes.


Coffee processing technology, by Michael Sivetz and H. Elliott Foote

However he was a joy to be around when business was done; with stories and anecdotes of his journey through the coffee industry that would have you in tears of laughter. No one taught me more. He will be sorely missed.

He was a straight talking, gruff type of a guy, much like the farmers I grew up with in Iowa. I especially admired him for his passion for quality and his understanding of the science behind coffee roasting. Normy and I both admired Michael for his work ethic and willingness to be different.

Like Steve Jobs and Thomas Edison, he cared little for following tradition simply for the sake of following tradition. And he had the intellect and self-confidence to back up his beliefs.

By Ric Rhinehart The coffee world lost one of its great innovators last month. Here are a few testimonials that capture a bit of the genius of Sivetz: Meet the Sustainability Award Winners: