Coffee roasting equipment

For some, coffee is more than a matter of taste, it’s a calling. At SilverChef, we’re in your corner as you grow your passion for coffee into a profitable coffee roasting business. We'll help you free your working capital instead of tying it up in expensive coffee roasting equipment. Plus, with Equipment on Loan, you can provide free coffee equipment to your cafe customers without the risk and expense.

Flexible finance solutions for coffee roasters.
So you can choose what suits your venue best.


Rent-Try-Buy is a 12-month rental agreement, allowing you to try quality coffee roasting equipment before committing to buying it. Enjoy unrivalled flexibility when it comes to owning and managing your coffee roasting equipment.

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Lease-to-Keep gives you the coffee roasting equipment you need now, with low monthly payments spread over four years. At the end of the term, the coffee roasting equipment is all yours. Simple.

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Is your roastery a franchise?

SilverChef has finance options designed specifically for franchises so you can limit your upfront costs while setting up your coffee roasting equipment. Give your coffee franchise the best chance for success.

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'Using SilverChef means we can always ensure our coffee equipment is up to scratch. If a new model comes out and we want to upgrade, we have flexibility to swap out the machines we already have. We're always ahead of the curve.

'Financially as well it's been a huge help; we simply include it as a weekly expense which can then be claimed through tax, and the equipment can also be used on a rent-to-buy basis which makes things more manageable if we want to purchase something without a big upfront cost. Because of that, we've been able to expand our business much quicker.' 

- Melissa Floreani, Clark Street Coffee and Espresso Syndicate

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Coffee roasting equipment - frequently asked questions

What equipment do I need to start a coffee roasting business?

Starting a roastery is a big deal. You need the right equipment to ensure your blends are exceptional and you make a name for yourself, fast. Building your customer base is only achievable with quality coffee roasting equipment that improves quality and workflow. 

SilverChef provides good quality, stringently tested, used coffee roasting equipment to get you started without massive upfront costs. Some crucial coffee roasting supplies include coffee roaster machines and drum roasters; grinders, prep benches and fridges to name a few.

Additionally, many cafes who wish to purchase your beans will expect you to provide them with a free coffee machine. This is a huge expense for the average coffee roaster, which is where our Equipment on Loan product comes in. Leveraging our Rent-Try-Buy flexible finance, it allows you to provide coffee machines to your customers without using your capital. They get a free coffee machine, you sell more beans and easily cover the cost of the rental payments with the proceeds.  

How to finance a roastery

So, you’ve decided to take the plunge and open your own coffee roasting business. The first thing to do is talk to a financial institution of your choice and secure a business loan for covering operating costs, renovating, and wages.

SilverChef can help alleviate the financial strain by taking the cost of coffee roasting equipment off the initial capital outlay. Whether you opt for Certified Used coffee equipment from SilverChef, or new coffee equipment from your preferred supplier, choose from our flexible finance options, Lease-to-Keep or Rent-Try-Buy.

If you're looking for flexibility, and you're not 100% sure of the correct size and model of the coffee roasting equipment you're choosing, you could opt for our Rent-Try-Buy product, which allows you to try the equipment in your roastery before you decide whether to buy, upgrade or return.

If you know what you want, you're financing more than $10,000 of coffee roasting equipment, and you've been in business for more than 12 months, you could choose our Lease-to-Keep option. With Lease-to-Keep you choose your coffee roasting equipment, make monthly payments over a four year term, and own your equipment at the end.

What are the benefits of renting equipment?

Renting coffee roasting equipment can be a good alternative to buying outright. Firstly, there are a lot of costs involved in setting up and running a coffee roasting business, so choosing to rent coffee roasting equipment can leave you more money for running your business.

Secondly, there may be tax benefits to renting coffee roasting equipment – it’s important you discuss these with a qualified tax advisor before making any decisions.

Finally, with SilverChef’s Rent-Try-Buy you get additional flexibility over typical roastery rental products. You can decide to upgrade your coffee roasting equipment in the first 12 months if you need something bigger and better. You can also decide to purchase it and get a 75% net rental rebate on your payments so far (up to 12 months).

At the end of your 12-month contract, you can decide whether to keep renting your coffee roasting equipment, work towards ownership, or return. Please note that if you decide to purchase your coffee roasting equipment after the end of your 12-month term, the net rental rebate drops to 25% after 12 months.

What is the difference between leasing and renting equipment?

The difference between leasing and renting has to do with the length of term – with the length of a lease typically being longer. SilverChef offers a rental product, Rent-Try-Buy; and a finance lease product, Lease-to-Keep. They are different in several important ways.

With Rent-Try-Buy, you rent your new or used bakery equipment and make weekly rental payments for a 12-month term, while retaining the option to purchase your bakery equipment or upgrade it during the term.

At the end of the 12-month rental term, you have the additional options to return, continue renting or work towards ownership of your commercial bakery equipment with our Easy Own® product.

To choose Lease-to-Keep, you must have been trading for a minimum 12 months, and be financing a minimum of $10,000 in bakery equipment. You sign up for a 48-month term, make monthly lease payments, and at the end of the term you own the bakery equipment (providing the last payment has been made and you are not in breach of the agreement).

Can I return my equipment before the end of the 12-month contract?

If you've chosen Rent-Try-Buy, it’s a good idea to be sure that you’re happy to rent your chosen coffee roasting equipment for the full term of the initial 12-month contract (with the option to upgrade or purchase during the term). This is because, if you decide to return your rented coffee roasting equipment before the end of the term, you will still be required to pay all the unpaid rental payments up to the end of contract term.

Who is responsible for servicing, maintenance and insurance of the equipment?

As the renter or lessee of the coffee roasting equipment, you are responsible for properly insuring it, and arranging and paying for all servicing and maintenance. If the coffee roasting equipment breaks down this is a manufacturer warranty issue and you will need to contact the manufacturer to arrange repair or replacement as per their terms and conditions.