Profession coffee taster

Coffee tasters taste coffee samples in order to evaluate the features of the product or to prepare blending formulas. They determine the product's grade, estimate its market value, and explore how these products may appeal to different consumer tastes. They write blending formulas for workers who prepare coffee products for commercial purposes.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Temperature scales

    Celsius and Fahrenheit temperature scales.

  • Coffee characteristics

    The origins and types of coffee and the processes of coffee preparation, production and trade.

  • Food and beverage industry

    The respective industry and the processes involved in the food and beverage industry, such as raw material selection, processing, packaging, and storage.

  • Types of coffee beans

    Most known coffee types, Arabica and Robusta, and the cultivars under each one of those types.

Skills

  • Perform coffee tastings

    Perform coffee tastings and coffee demonstrations whether for improving the product in the production process or for showcasing the final product. Taste coffee to objectively evaluate its quality.

  • Apply requirements concerning manufacturing of food and beverages

    Apply and follow national, international, and internal requirements quoted in standards, regulations and other specifications related with manufacturing of food and beverages.

  • Prepare specialised coffee

    Prepare coffee using specialised methods and equipment. Ensure a high quality preparation process.

  • Create coffee flavour profiles

    Creates coffee flavour profiles based on the characteristics perceived from the coffee such as coffee’s body, fragrance/aroma, acidity, bitterness, sweetness, and aftertaste/finish.

  • Boil water

    Boils water in large quantities to perform procedures of manufacturing to food products (e.g. almond blanching).

  • Educate customers on coffee varieties

    Instruct customers about origins, characteristics, differences in flavours and blends of coffee products.

  • Apply GMP

    Apply regulations regarding manufacture of food and food safety compliance. Employ food safety procedures based on Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).

  • Tolerate strong smells

    Tolerate strong smells expelled by the goods being processed during the production of goods.

  • Grade coffee beans

    Grade coffee beans based on their characteristics, defects, size, colour, moisture content, taste, acidity, body, or aroma.

  • Check processing parameters

    Check processing parameters to keep under control the technological processes.

  • Perform sensory evaluation

    Evaluating the quality of a given type of food or beverage based on its appearance, smell, taste, aroma, and others. Suggest possible improvements and comparisons with other products.

  • Evaluate coffee characteristics

    Analyse and evaluate coffee taste sensations including the coffee’s body, aroma, acidity, bitterness, sweetness, and finish.

  • Apply HACCP

    Apply regulations regarding manufacture of food and food safety compliance. Employ food safety procedures based on Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP).

Optional knowledge and skills

find new types of food & beverages label samples communicate with customers act reliably maintain food specifications liaise with colleagues analyse characteristics of food products at reception have computer literacy liaise with managers analyse trends in the food and beverage industries perform public relations