Contrary to what some suggest, there is no one “coffee” taste. Rather, there are endless taste based on geography.

Single origin coffees are beans that are sourced from a coffee farm, cooperative or region. These coffees differ from blends which are a combination of beans from different regions or countries.

Similarly, to the wine industry, single origin coffees offer a distinctive taste based on where the coffee is grown, factors including soil, climate, and processing method all affect the taste. In the wine industry, this is referred to by the French word terroir, the taste of place.

Coffee shares many similarities to the wine industry. Like the definition above, coffee can be impacted by environmental changes and the taste can change year over year.

The taste of coffee can also be impacted by how the coffee producer processes their crop after the harvest. For instance, Costa Rica is known for their honey processed coffees, Sumatra for giling basah, and Kenya for washed coffees.

We will use the Coffee Flavor Tasters Wheel to discuss flavor in the coffee industry. The goal of this Tasters Wheel is to help create a tool that coffee roasters, importers and producers could use to discuss and evaluate coffee.

Single origins provide a great opportunity to compare the unique characteristics of coffee from around the world. Look for single origin coffees that have been roasted as a medium roast as that roast style highlights the uniqueness in the coffee.

We have outlined some of the broad characteristics of coffee depending on where coffee is grown. Each region, however, does have a wide variety of tastes which is why we are presenting two coffees in each regional category for comparison.

AFRICA

Pleasant acidity and full rounded body. Often described with wine and fruit notes.

Ethiopian Harrar: Wine-like fragrance, hints of blueberry

Tanzanian Peaberry: Bright, smooth, sweet, delicate

LATIN AMERICA

Smooth and well balanced. Chocolate or caramel notes are often present.

Guatemala Antigua (Central America): creamy, smooth, caramel

Organic Peruvian (South America): Light bodied, flavorful, elegant

THE PACIFIC

Full body, earthy with herbal characteristics. These are some of the most distinct coffees.

Sumatran Mandheling (Indonesia): Earthy, full bodied, distinct

Java Estate (Indonesia): Lively, rich, malt, sweet

If you would like to explore the taste possibilities in coffee, we would recommend trying different single origin coffees.

Job Title: Production Assistant

Job Description: A Production Assistant will join the production team and assist with tasks related to roasting, bagging, and blending our coffee and assistance in delivering coffee to wholesale accounts within our delivery radius. The Production Assistant is a year-round part-time position (approximately 25-30 hours a week).

 Critical Tasks & Responsibilities

  • Assist Coffee Roaster in receiving and roasting green coffee to meet production schedules for wholesale and retail operations.
  • Roast coffee according to specifications set forth by the Owners and Head Roaster.
  • Accurately label, weigh, flavor, blend, bag, grind coffee while upholding quality and visual standards set forth by the Red Cedar Coffee Co. team.
  • Accurately pull customers’ orders and assist with deliveries as needed.
  • Maintain a clean and presentable workspace.
  • Help track the inventory of labels, bags, and other items related to production.
  • Thoroughly clean bins, tables, warehouse area and machines according to schedule.
  • Help maintain coffee production and sanitation records.

Required Competencies and Qualifications

  • Prior work experience required. 
  • Great problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to remain productive and on task while working alone.
  • Must be punctual and reliable.
  • Ability to focus on tasks in a busy, loud environment.
  • Thoroughness, high productivity standards, and attention to detail.

Desired Competencies and Qualifications

  • Assist in the cleaning of roasting accessories (coffee bins, production materials, etc.).
  • Coffee Roasting Machines and Grinders: aide in the upkeep of production equipment.
  • Perform daily maintenance as needed for optimum machine capability.
  • Participate in periodic extensive cleanings of roasting equipment.
  • Properly record and follow SOP protocols.

Other Requests:

  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs. and stand for long periods of time. The majority of shifts are spent standing.
  • Must be able to stoop and kneel.
  • Respect the privacy of information regarded as sensitive and proprietary to Red Cedar Coffee Co.
  • Understand that this is a growing company and help enhance a company culture of professionalism, positivity and teamwork.
  • Excellent interpersonal relations skills.
  • Representative brand ambassador when working with vendors and customers.
  • Be flexible and be a team-player.

How to Apply:

Send your resume to jobs@redcedarcoffee.com or complete an application. Applications are available in the office.