Who is RK?
RK stands for Ron Kyle. Ron was a fantastic machinist from Anderson, SC who had an extraordinary love for coffee, coffee roasting, and espresso particularly. The man would have talked your ear off about any subject coffee related for hours on end. He decided to combine his talents of coffee and machining to bring to us the RK Drum, which he founded in 2002.
I knew Ron as a customer and a friend. Ron sold me my first 4Lb and 6Lb RK Drum as I started my own coffee roasting experiment in collaboration with our export company Old Spanish Main, Ltda. based in Bogota, Colombia.
I maintained this website for Ron for years, and we collaborated on various different coffee related ideas, developing a friendship along the way. Ron passed away on August 13th, 2008. Ron taught me everything I know about coffee roasting, and so much about coffee in general. He was a great friend and fellow coffee enthusiast.
Shortly before his passing, Ron asked me if I would be interested in working with RK, and I am proud to continue Ron's tradition of quality and excellence. We still use Ron's machine shop to produce the same exact RK Drum, thus his requirement of quality still remains.
I currently run an IT consultancy in Atlanta, GA, and a few other business projects, and spend the majority of my 9 to 5 consulting for Atlanta based companies, when not roasting coffee and playing with coffee any other way I can. I welcome any of your questions at any time, to ask about roasting, coffee, or just to chat.
I hope the changes at RK have been welcomed, and I foresee new and exciting projects coming down the line. Please don't hesitate to say hello if you are in Atlanta!