Profession green coffee buyer

Green coffee buyers purchase green coffee beans from producers all around the world commissioned by coffee roasters. They have a deep knowledge of the process of coffee from the fruit to the cup.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Conventional
  • Conventional / Enterprising

Knowledge

  • Types of coffee beans

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

  • Effects of pesticides in food raw materials

    Different types of pesticides used for food raw materials to control proper use of those substances preserving main characteristics of products.

  • 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.

  • Coffee grinding levels

    The known levels are coarse grind, medium grind, medium/fine grind, fine grind, super fine grind, and turkish grind. Indication of machinery to achieve product specification. 

  • Coffee characteristics

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

Skills

  • Apply GMP

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

  • Grade coffee beans

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

  • Negotiate price

    Arrange an agreement on price of products or services provided or offered.

  • Conduct extensive international travel

    Conducting extensive travelling around the world to performing business related tasks.

  • Maintain updated professional knowledge

    Regularly attend educational workshops, read professional publications, actively participate in professional societies.

  • Carry out active selling

    Deliver thoughts and ideas in impactful and influencing manner to persuade customers to become interested in new products and promotions. Persuade clients that a product or service will satisfy their needs.

  • Apply HACCP

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

  • Build business relationships

    Establish a positive, long-term relationship between organisations and interested third parties such as suppliers, distributors, shareholders and other stakeholders in order to inform them of the organisation and its objectives.

  • Match coffee grind to coffee type

    Using different coffee grinding procedures and preparation methods.

  • Negotiate buying conditions

    Negotiate terms such as price, quantity, quality, and delivery terms with vendors and suppliers in order to ensure the most beneficial buying conditions.

  • Evaluate coffee characteristics

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

  • Analyse consumer buying trends

    Analyse buying habits or currently prevalent customer behaviour.

  • Educate customers on coffee varieties

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

  • 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.

  • Examine green coffee beans

    Examine green coffee beans ensuring that they are all approximately the same colour, shape and size. Beans of the same size will roast more evenly, whereas smaller beans may roast quicker and affect the overall taste.

Optional knowledge and skills

maintain relationship with customers show confidence analyse characteristics of food products at reception work in a food processing team have computer literacy apply foreign language for international trade perform public relations maintain working relationships liaise with managers support local economies label samples liaise with colleagues perform coffee tastings customer service