On March 10th, Cropster released Artificial Intelligence (AI) based 1st Crack prediction. This is the second feature Cropster has released based on its ground-breaking work with machine learning, and there is more to come.

Last year, Cropster introduced an industry-first – AI-based curve prediction. Cropster AI solutions work with any coffee roasting machine that connects to Cropster and allows roasters to see the temperature curve up to 2 minutes into the future with a <2% variance.

Roasters can ‘roast ahead of the curve’ and adjust their gas/temp based on where things inside the roast machine are going vs. where they are now.

Adjust Your Roasting Process

With First crack prediction, Cropster adds another leap forward. This AI based feature takes the guesswork out of First crack to help roasters get ready well before it happens with incredible accuracy.

Roasters using Cropster are now much closer to knowing the “exact” time of first crack so they can plan and roast accordingly. This feature works on any coffee roasting machine connected to Cropster and is available for all Cropster users starting March 10th.

Why is First crack prediction ground breaking and important?

  • It gets roasters a peak result faster and with fewer batches saving them time and money
  • Alongside roast curve prediction it makes ‘dialling in a new roasting machine’ even easier (and less expensive)
  • Alongside roast curve prediction it makes ‘dialling in a new roasting machine’ even easier (and less expensive)

What do beta testers have to say about it?

The prediction was super beneficial when dealing with abnormal batch sizes (i.e. bigger or smaller than standard size), and when creating new roast profiles. It’s a super cool feature. Katie, Mission Coffee

We roasted a lot on all our three roasters last week using the latest version of the first crack prediction. And to be honest, it is scary how accurate it is now! First crack happened within 2-3 Seconds to the prediction. And it was accurate on all our machines. Even on our small Giesen Sample roaster with a completely unknown coffee. Johannes, Rösttrommel GmbH

I like the idea, similar to curve prediction, that this feature keeps future events front of mind for the roaster. Reminding us that we are working towards time and temperature goals. Paul Arnephy, Cafe Lomi

About Cropster: Cropster develops the specialty coffee industry’s #1 software solution. Cropster connects people worldwide from producers using mobile devices at origin to people in cafes in over 90 countries.

This information based supply chain ensures quality and consistency at every stage of the coffee production. Cropster started in 2007 working with local farmers at origin. Today Cropster helps manage farms, roasteries, coffee labs and cafes with more ease. Roasters, cuppers, traders, cafe owners, baristas and coffee producers worldwide use Cropster and its tools to ensure they get the very best from their specialty coffees.


  • Nick Baskett


    Nick Baskett is the editor in Chief at Bartalks. He holds a diploma from the Financial Times as a Non Executive Director and works as a consultant across multiple industries. Nick has owned multiple businesses, including an award-winning restaurant and coffee shop in North Macedonia.

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