Gregory's Coffee is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applications will be considered for employment regardless of race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other reason protected by local, state or federal law. This policy applies to all aspects of employment, including hiring, moving, promotion, compensation, benefit eligibility, and termination. Barista turned roaster Kyle Tush, who is starting a new specialty coffee project that will go public in a few weeks, says it's what's going on inside that got him hooked on roasting.
“The science of roasting, cupping and evaluating different coffees attracts my right-brain tendencies and that excites me a lot,” he says. I felt like there wasn't much I could learn about those things standing behind an espresso machine every day. I had to take the leap, get in there and do it. There are countless sales opportunities in the coffee industry, whether you're selling the coffee itself or accessories and tools; specialty paper items, ceramics, or coffee-making equipment, such as espresso machines and coffee grinders.
An organic buyer's job is to make decisions about what coffees a roasting company will buy to roast, market and sell to its customers. This means not only making decisions based on the quality and price of coffee, but also maintaining and managing inventory, navigating contracts, determining storage needs, addressing shipping and processing errors, and working closely with roasters to ensure that quality and The flavor is always present in the finished product. In recent years, most of this work has been done on the road, visiting farms and cooperatives, traveling to home countries to meet with existing producer partners, but there is also a lot of desktop action. The paperwork can be overwhelming, and green buyers often spend hours in their base of operations office, analyzing dozens of samples sent by importers and brokers.
A little coffee is good, of course, but you also have to try a lot of bad things. Once you've established a solid foundation of flavor capacity, consult a class: The Coffee Quality Institute offers intensive programs for those interested in learning to engage in serious work. Attend coffee tastings and tastings whenever possible, start programming your own comparative exercises and, probably most important of all, stop adding milk and sugar to your morning cup if you want to really improve your ability to detect nuances on a regular basis. Gregory's Coffee offers extremely competitive compensation, with performance-based increases starting eight weeks into his tenure with us.
Knowing the product is key, so learn everything you can about coffee (even a part-time waiter job will help you), and it will also be crucial to have a basic knowledge of market trends, local competition, your target demographic and the art of pitching. The highest-level coffee taster, called Q Grader, undergoes an intense battery of tests on his palate before receiving the proverbial silver spoon for cups. Candidates for this level of coffee professional must correctly identify flavors (sweet, salty, sour, bitter), defects, components of the blend and even select a misplaced cup within a group. Making green beans brown is the supreme act of coffee alchemy, and it's a job that requires a deep understanding of the chemistry of coffee and the spectrum of delicacies in which roasted coffee is found.
Secondly, coffee preparation is a complex and demanding technique that never ceases to generate new and interesting challenges. Duty is an important bridge to bridge the gap in understanding that exists between the flavor producers expect their coffee to have and buyers looking for particular characteristics. Assigning a common language and an objective review of a coffee helps all players in the chain to better understand the multitude of variables that affect flavor on both sides. A good cup of coffee is a joy like no other, and being able to share that joy with people for a living is very special.