When you think of coffee jobs the first thing that comes to mind is probably barista. Luckily there are so many other jobs that you can have in the industry.
1. Coffee Conversationalists
When the Death Wish crew landed in Seattle in April, we discovered one of the coolest jobs ever: Coffee enthusiasts that get paid to chat with customers about coffee. How's that for a job?
These people are extremely skilled in their craft and have paid their dues working hands-on with coffee, so much so that their respective employers pay them to educate those that come in the door.
2. Professional Coffee Bean
Yep. Name says it it all. Pretty much my spirit animal.
3. Batch Roaster
Bulk roasting is fairly well-known, but what about batch roasting? These types of roasts are done by green coffee sellers, often on coffee farms.
Buyers are able to taste the coffees without having to roast an entire 50 pound load. Green coffee can stay fresh for a year, but roasted coffee starts loses its freshness in a couple of weeks.
If the buyer decides that they do not wish to buy a lot of the beans, not much goes to waste for either party.
4. Burlap Sewer
We don't think about it often, but each 130 pound bag of coffee is individually sewn, often by hand.
That's a lot of stitches, and another reason to be sure that your coffee is Fair Trade.