History of innovation

Our deeply rooted history of technological innovation is the key to our success and ongoing development of the world’s finest roasting solutions. Based on our history and our dedication to improvement, we remain at the forefront of the industry.

The individual names “Probat” and “Burns” each signify a long-standing dedication to perfecting the art of roasting. Founded on these combined histories, the Probat Burns company delivers the time-tested, continually refined equipment and technologies that allow roastmasters around the world to roast assured.

  • 1860–1870

    Coffee prices fall and soldiers return home craving it.

  • 1860–1870

    Jabez Burns sells hundreds of roasters due to increased coffee consumption.

  • 1864

    Burns invents the self-emptying coffee roaster in N.Y.; John Arbuckle buys one and is the first grocer in North America to sell pre-roasted coffee by the pound.

  • 1868

    The godfather of all Probat roasters is invented in Germany.

  • 1950–1960

    Coffee is the most popular drink in America.

  • Early 1950s

    Probat work expands from Germany to the North American market.

  • 1955

    Bay Area Air Quality Management District begins work to improve air quality.

  • 1960s

    Probat and Burns begin integrating thermal afterburners with roasters in response to local environmental codes.

  • Late 1970s

    Probat develops the first specialty coffee roasters for coffee shops.

  • Late 1970s

    Specialty coffee roasters emerge; whole bean coffee appears in grocery stores.

  • 1990

    Probat advances its stage controls and develops first profile roasting control features for their roasters.

  • Early 1990s

    With advances in technology, the industry demands increased quality controls.

  • 1997

    Probat and Burns companies merge and now have the largest market share in North America.

  • 2015

    Probat Burns opens new training lab to offer hands-on training and coffee roasting education at their headquarters.

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