Roaster's Assistant

Intelligentsia - Los Angeles, CA3.0

Part-timeEstimated: $21,000 - $30,000 a year
Job Title: Roaster’s Assistant

Reports To: Los Angeles Lead Roaster

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Customary Work Days: Monday – Friday (Part – Time) Saturday & Sunday may be added as work level dictates.

Customary Work Hours: Varies by workflow and need. Hours are extended when workload is increased

Who we are

We deliver the world’s best coffee. Farmers, employees and customers are collaborators in our effort to create a memorable and enriching coffee experience. We are not afraid to ask questions, to try new things, and to admit that we are constantly learning. We strive for innovation and improvement. We know that extraordinary coffee is not the result of chance, but the product of hard work, skill, curiosity, and an unyielding commitment to quality.

We work each day to change the way the world understands and experiences coffee, elevating a daily ritual into a culinary experience. We celebrate coffee’s agricultural origins and the dedicated professionals who devote their lives to coffee. We embrace our responsibility to create positive change in the world. We use extraordinary coffee as our tool. We challenge traditional beliefs to create economic opportunity. We are stewards of the earth and advocates for our values of diversity, inclusion and equality.

Position Summary

This position assists roasters with all necessary roast preparation activities and work area maintenance. The Assistant will be responsible for ensuring the roasters are moving at an efficient pace to ensure orders are fulfilled and quality assurance work is being performed on a daily basis.

Duties & Responsibilities

Batch green coffee into buckets as directed by Lead Roaster and our inventory system.
Attach identified tag to each batch of prepared coffee and line up loads in order of importance.
Maintain an accurate read on inventory levels for Production.
Assist Roasters with Gothot Roasting machine cleaning.
Keep roast area in clean, orderly state throughout the day, including sweeping, stacking empty jute bags and pallets, dusting lids, disposing of used bin liners, organizing bin tags.
Keep empty roasted bins organized and ready for use.
Unload deliveries of green coffee.
Responsible for the re-palletization/strapping of incoming coffees.
Set up daily cuppings and participate if time permitting.
Update computer system ensuring accurate records for Quality Control and inventory management.
Set up, break down, record and communicate all quality control sessions.
Other duties as assigned.
Job Requirements

Education and/or Experience

High School Diploma or General Education Degree (GED) required AND a background in the coffee industry is preferred.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Demonstrated capability to interface and maintain effective relationships with co-workers and customers.
Flexible, with the ability to work independently and with minimal guidance.
Logical and methodological approach to problem solving.
Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills.
Attentive to details regarding specific weights, times, and temperatures when involved in daily cuppings
Language Skills

The ability to communicate in English via email, telephone, and speech is required.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to see, talk and hear.
The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, sit; use hands to handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, or crouch.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 75 pounds.
Fine hand manipulation (keyboarding).
Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Warehouse environment. Not climate controlled.
Roast machines have gas burners and hot surfaces. Careful attention to detail is needed to prevent fires.
Green coffee is somewhat dusty.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to high.