Chatz Roasting Company


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Chatz Roasting Company was very lucky to be able to acquire a Gothot Ideal Rapid coffee roaster in 1990. Not only is this machine a workhorse, it is one of the only roasters made that has a “side fire” burner....whereby the “heat” is applied near the top of the drum as opposed to the bottom of the drum. This makes for evenly roasted coffee beans without that underlying “burnt” taste that you will find with “bottom fired” roasters. In addition, since Gothot designed their roasters to be “continuous roasters” we can roast in 40 lb. batches without stopping to wait for the cooling of the last batch giving us better volume in small batches for the time spent roasting.

Gothot Rapid Coffee roasting Machines – The finest machines made! A little history:

Emmerich, 29 September 2005, No. 2005/10

Ferdinand GOTHOT Maschinenfabrik celebrates 125 years

This year, a member of the PROBAT Group is celebrating a special anniversary: Ferdinand GOTHOT Maschinenfabrik GmbH is 125 years old and can look back on an eventful history. Once a competitor of PROBAT, the companies are today partners in the development of roasters and facilities and are now writing their success story together.

GOTHOT: the story continues

Rumour has it that Ferdinand GOTHOT, the grocer and coffee roaster from Mülheim an der Ruhr, wasn’t good enough for the Emmerich-based coffee roaster. That’s a matter of opinion. However, there’s no disputing the fact that the aforesaid merchant founded a factory in 1880 for the manufacture of coffee-roasting machines. 1899 saw the first patented roasting system that, together with the Ideal-Rapid, formed the basis for all subsequent GOTHOT drum roasters.

Thanks to Mr. Gothot’s industriousness, the factory grew – as did his family, who later divided the company amongst its various members. Although the members held equal shares, they didn’t have an equal say in the running of the factory. It is said that the anger this caused resulted in various family members selling their shares to Emmerich-based PROBAT - the competition.

As GOTHOT wished to continue its business activities despite PROBAT, the employees built increasingly bigger, better and more sophisticated coffeeroasting machines. The ongoing improvements to the “Ideal-Rapid” model range with a maximum output of approx. 1,200 kg green coffee per hour gave rise to the GOTHOT Rapido roaster (max. output approx. 3,000 kg/h). The introduction of the patented Rapido-Nova roasting system in 1969 saw the market launch of a roasting machine without rotating drum; it roasted approx. 4,000 kg green coffee per hour. In addition, GOTHOT built all the necessary components for a coffee roaster.

GOTHOT thus experienced both good and bad times. In the 1970s, the bad times increasingly outweighed the good, and PROBAT-Werke consequently acquired further shares in the company. By 1976, it finally held the majority of shares in GOTHOT and was in a position to call the shots. When the decision was taken to relocate the company to Emmerich in 1980, exactly 100 years after its foundation, the anniversary celebrations fell quietly by the wayside. For GOTHOT employees, there was nothing to celebrate anyway. Most of them looked for new jobs in Mülheim and the surrounding area. Part of the company was simply thrown out with the waste whilst the remainder was gathered up during the course of the relocation in June 1980 and ended up in the corridors of PROBAT’s administrative building.

The work was redistributed; GOTHOT remained responsible for distribution, design and assembly. PROBAT’s departments made their own contribution and devised switch systems, drew up project plans, controlled plant components and also managed the whole show. Kirsch & Mausser took over the manufacture of the roasting machines and the despatch department (today Ex-Pack) ensured punctual transportation to the customer. Under these new conditions, GOTHOT roasting machines became even better and more sophisticated. The “Rapido-Nova UII” (roasting times of 3 - 8 minutes) was developed and, with the help of R&D, also the RT-roaster (roasting times of 1.5 - 9 minutes). As the machines had now reached speeds that were difficult to improve, future developments focussed on size. The “Rapido-Nova 5000 UII” was developed in 2000 and is today the largest standard roasting machine world-wide.

What makes GOTHOT so special today? More than 120 years of innovative development and the manufacture of roasting machines for coffee and other grained products. At present, there are more than 125 industrial roasters from the Rapido Nova and RT model ranges in operation world-wide with a total hourly output of more than 327,550 kg. The tremendous success of the RT/RN range is also demonstrated by the fact that orders for six large roasters (total capacity 17 t/h) have already been placed for delivery in 2006.

Inga Jerkovic, Communication Manager
PROBAT-WERKE of Gimborn Maschinenfabrik GmbH
Reeser Str. 94, 46446 Emmerich, Germany
Tel. (02822) 912-313, Fax (02822) 912-7313