QUALITY LAB ASSISTANT – CARAVELA NORTH AMERICA -Houston,TX Office

  • Caravela Coffee
  • Jul 21, 2022
Full time Entry-Level Green Coffee Production Sourcing/Procurement

Job Description

About Caravela 

Caravela Coffee is a team of over 200 coffee professionals located in 11 different countries, with our own export operations in 7 Latin American countries and 4 import operations in Australia, North America, Taiwan and the UK. Our goal is ‘To Make Coffee Better’ for all of those involved, from the communities where coffee is grown to the coffee drinkers, based on five main principles: quality, transparency, traceability, education and sustainability.  

What we do

Unlike most green coffee traders out there, we don’t just buy and sell coffee for a living.  We connect the most talented coffee growers and the most professional coffee roasters, developing true partnerships that lead to improved quality, profitability and sustainability for the entire coffee chain. 

How we do it 

 We achieve this by working directly with close to 4 thousand small and medium sized coffee farmers in 7 Latin American countries, constantly providing them with education, technical assistance and access to the world’s best coffee roasters around the World, paying premium prices for their best coffees. The results are a better coffee world, with growers and the communities where they live receiving increased incomes and a higher quality of life and coffee consumers drinking a better and more sustainable product.  

 Our model has been validated as a high-impact model by BCorp since 2014, being the highest-rated coffee BCorp in the World. We have been named a ‘Best-For-the-World’ company by BLabs for five years in a row.

The Opportunity 

 We are looking for a Quality Lab Assistant to help us test and bring the best Latin American coffees to our North American customers.  This is an entry-level job for a passionate candidate that wants to start their journey in green coffee.

 About You 

You are a crucial member of the North American team, responsible for working with our Quality Teams to ensure that our customers are always receiving the best tasting and most consistent coffees from Latin America, supporting the quality assurance process for each one of our coffees. You are a curious and energetic person willing to learn constantly on the go and propose new value drivers. You will report directly to the North American Quality Assurance Manager.  

 Key Responsibilities 

  • Receive and log green coffee sample information 

  • Maintain sample inventory organization 

  • Perform a meticulous recording, analysis, and sharing of physical (moisture, density, water activity, UV) and sensorial quality data of green coffee (qualitative and quantitative) using company tools and industry’s best practices 

  • Attend, organize and participate in regular cuppings 

  • Responsible for the setup and cleaning of the daily cuppings and lab activities  

  • Responsible for the preparation of samples to send to clients 

  • Coordinate with North America Quality Assurance Manager to complete daily quality operations and provide general administrative support 

  • Support Customer Relationship and Experience teams with occasional cuppings, demos, and on-site customer visits 

  • Maintain a professional lab environment 

  • Ensures the area, its equipment, and supplies are neat and scheduled maintenance is carried out 

  • Perform general housekeeping of the lab. 

Qualifications 

  • Strong passion for high-quality coffee 

  • Comfortable in a fast-paced, high-growth environment 

  • Able to work in a manufacturing environment, stand, sit and/or move 

  • At least 1 year of experience in any related coffee experience 

  • Ability to taste coffee and discern a variety of flavors 

  • Ability to operate analytical lab equipment, such as sample roaster, moisture meters, grinder, etc 

  • Very detail-oriented and meticulous 

  • Strong organizational skills 

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team  

  • Excellent time management skills 

  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office and cloud-based equivalents (e.g. Google Docs) 

  • Strong ability to learn 

Preferred  

  • Spanish proficiency (reading, writing, speaking) is desirable but not required 

  • Knowledge of SCA/CQI cupping requirements 

Benefits 

  • Competitive Salary
  • 4 Weeks PTO (20 Days) 

  • Medical, Dental, Vision 

  • 401k 

Location: North Houston, Texas -ON Site

Caravela is committed to being an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.  We do not discriminate based on a person’s race, color, religion, age, veteran status, disability, national origin, medical condition including pregnancy, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other legally protected status.  

Only candidates eligible to work in the USA will be considered.

The duties and responsibilities described are not a comprehensive list and that additional tasks may be assigned to the employee from time to time; or. the scope of the job may change as necessitated by business demands.