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Coffee Professional

Hiring Deadline: Open until filled
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Zip Code: 98107
Industry: All
Employer: Seattle Coffee Works
Job Tracking ID: 1378665674
Job Description:
Seattle Coffee Works is a coffee roaster with two busy cafes in Seattle. Our coffees have gained national recognition in blind taste contests. We strive to be a leader in coffee exploration and innovation. We're looking for full-time coffee professionals to help grow our team and company.

We have no positions for part-timers, summer interns, or short-term job seekers at this time. Please do not apply and do not expect a response if you're seeking short-term or part-time employment. If you are committed to becoming a full-time team member and aspire to make your career in the growing specialty coffee trade, please read on.

Why would you want to join us?
+ Coffee Apprenticeship: Extensive initial and on-going training in all coffee brew methods, tasting and scoring coffee farm to cup. For most new team members, regardless of prior experience, it takes up to twelve months to be certified in our Coffee Hospitality standards (Cashista, Barista, Coffee Explorer.) We train to the highest standard we know and until the new team member can comfortably and consistently make excellent coffee both on our Slow Bar (Chemex, Hario V-60, Vacuum Pot, French Press, Aeropress) and the Espresso Bar. We also provide frequent opportunities to learn more about the entire coffee value chain from farm to cup: origin trips, a coffee lab with state-of-the-art tools, cuppings multiple times per week. If you see coffee through our eyes, you see a never-ending learning opportunity that only starts with being able to make excellent coffee in our cafes and over time expands to an all-encompassing life pursuit.
+ Continuous Education and Training Opportunities inside and outside the company: After the initial apprenticeship, we provide financial support for team members to develop their coffee knowledge through on-going training and education inside and outside the company.
+ Excellent Coffee and Equipment: A lineup of the most excellent espresso blends and single-origin coffees and state-of-the-art equipment. We're often asked to beta-test pioneering brewing devices.
+ Coffee as a Career: We're looking for team members who are ambitious about coffee, making coffee a long-term career and raising the bar for this industry.

Are we a fit for you?
+ Job vs. Career: Are you ready to fully commit yourself to one place of work and one career? (We find that we're usually not a good fit for folks who are looking for a supplemental job either financing unrelated school work or another passion in their lives.)
+ Hard Work: Are you ready to work really hard both mentally and physically and do whatever it takes to create an excellent coffee experience for each and every customer?
+ Lifelong Learner: Do you see yourself as a lifelong learner, someone who will go out of her or his way to seek additional knowledge?
+ Change: Do you embrace change? Do you excel at leading change?
+ Love for Service: Are you excited about the challenge of making five-star coffee for some of the most discerning customers imaginable?

If you were able to respond with a resounding "YES!" to these questions, we'd love to hear from you.

Please send us your resume and a personal statement identifying why you want to pursue a career in coffee and why you want to do so at Seattle Coffee Works.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Employee Type: Full-Time, Part-Time
Compensation: DOE

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