How A Dunedin Inventor Turned His Coffee Roaster From Idea Into A $1250 Product


Seven years ago, Chris Hilder’s Kaffelogic Nano 7 was just an idea.

Now the fully automated benchtop coffee roaster sells for $1250 a pop and has hundreds of customers in New Zealand and around the world.

Hilder, a Dunedin software engineer, began experimenting with an air popcorn maker, similar to an air coffee roaster but without the right air flow, heat, and temperature control.

He went to Startup Dunedin’s Co.starters programme early on because, while he knew he had a good idea, he wanted to be sure he could turn it into a business.

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