• Coffee Buying & Quality Specialist

    Location Name
    Roasting Plant
    Job Location
    CA-Oakland
  • About us

    Mission of the role: The Coffee Buying & Quality Specialist facilitates and participates in all quality driven evaluations to ensure quality and consistency are measured through impactful processes. The primary focus is monitoring post blend performance from the roasting plant to retail and final consumers.

    Reports to: Coffee Buyer and Quality Manager

    What you'll be doing

    Post- roast quality evaluations and lab assistant responsibilities  (75% of workload)

    • Executing post blend production tastings  (cuppings and brew evaluations ) as determined by Coffee Buying and Quality Manager
    • Executing green and roasted coffee physical and sensory evaluations
    • Compiling and reporting physical and sensory evaluation data and trends
    • Participating in purchase approval cuppings
    • Sample roasting incoming green samples
    • Setting up and breaking down approval cuppings and quality tastings
    • Assuring final customer coffee quality experience through cross-departmental training, communications, and general support

    Retail- driven research and development projects (25% of workload)

    • Supporting new product development and product improvement initiatives as determined and directed by Director of Coffee & Sustainability

    What you'll need to succeed

    Core attributes of Coffee Buying and Quality Team: passion for Philz mission to “better days,” love of coffee, collaborative nature, learning agility and comfort in giving and receiving feedback

    • Passion towards building sustainable quality systems that best support coffee producers and suppliers, while serving the company’s exponential growth
    • Technical expertise (sensory acuity, data analysis, knowledge of industry standards)
    • Accuracy and attention to detail
    • Strong written & verbal communication skills
    • Enthusiasm for continuous improvement and new projects

     

    Experience:

    • Minimum 3 years specialty coffee experience
    • Cupping lab experience preferred
    • Knowledge of specialty coffee brewing standards and equipment  
    • Q Grader/Specialty Coffee Association Coffee Taster pathway/equivalent certification preferred
    • Ability to travel locally

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