Generally a week doesn't go by without us getting some questions related to getting registered or certified with the health department. This an age old question, and while I don't have any direct, step by step answers, as it's complicated with every state and even every city possibly and likely having a different set of regulations and red tape. Knowing what every state/city requires is next to impossible.
Here a some questions I get from folks and general answers:
1. Do people run businesses with RK Drums equipment?
The large majority in fact, do run businesses. An estimated 70% are doing coffee roasting for business or for profit. We've sold an estimated 5000 drums over the last several years, and many more since our founding in the year 2000 and the majority (60%-70%) that are very profitable.
2. Can I, and should I register with the health department?
This is really a question that only you can answer, as it depends on your intentions on roasting for profit, the scale of your operation, and your comfort with regulation. There are a large number of home roasters and micro roasters that choose not to undergo the health department process, especially in the beginning. When you are just starting, and costs are high, and you're unsure of your success or failure, some people choose to fly low and just keep their roasting a hobby in the beginning. Only roast for yourself, your friends and family...