NEW PRODUCTS: Robot Roaster

In Boston's Hotel Statler this week, newsmen watched swarthy Inventor August S. Torres, 45, dump a sack of green coffee beans into a machine which looked something like a soft-drink dispenser. Torres pushed a button, and one minute later the machine poured out a pound of fresh-roasted coffee, ready for grinding.

Torres, who grew up on a coffee plantation in his native Colombia, knew that fresh-roasted coffee was far superior to any other. After twelve years' work, he found a way to roast it quickly by infrared rays. He got Boston's New Enterprises, Inc. (a venture capital...

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