• Equator Coffees
  • 115 Jordan Street, San Rafael, CA, USA
  • Jul 07, 2021
Full time Green Coffee Production Roasting/Production Science

Job Description

About Equator Coffees

Equator Coffees is an award-winning coffee roaster, retail operator, and coffee farm owner headquartered in Marin County, CA. Founded in 1995 by Brooke McDonnell and Helen Russell, Equator's strong commitment to a sustainable, transparent approach spans more than two decades. Today, Equator operates seven cafes in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since our founding Equator has been a leader in sustainability and social responsibility. In 2011, Equator formalized its commitment to sustainability by becoming a certified B Corporation, making it the first California coffee roaster to do so. If you believe what we believe, in racial and gender equality - come join the Equator team. We’re always looking for motivated people to join us in our retail cafes and at our Marin, California headquarters. We’re especially interested if you love spending as much time as possible drinking coffee, feel more at home in a coffee shop than an office, and have a passion for something greater. We are proud anti racists and supporters of the LGBTQ+ community.


Reports to: Compliance Manager


The Associate Roaster is responsible for production roasting, QC and QA, order fulfillment, and tasks related to production workflow and Roastery cleanliness.


  • Roast daily on all production systems: Loring S70 Peregrine, Loring K35 Kestrel, Petroncini, and Probat sample roaster.
  • Develop working knowledge of all roasting systems (manual, mechanized, electrical, and digital.)
  • Communicate daily with Production Supervisor and Roastery Operations Manager regarding order fulfilment, roasting, maintenance, and green inventory needs.
  • Move, organize, and maintain green coffee supply
  • Complete sample roasting tasks and participate in cupping evaluation as directed by Associate Director of Coffee.
  • Under guidance from Associate Director of Coffee and senior roasting team members, learn roast theory and roast profiling as it pertains to Equator’s roasting parameters.
  • Complete daily and weekly roaster maintenance and facility cleaning needs.
  • Participate in "huddles" to understand schedule changes, production issues, and workflow.
  • Actively work to grow coffee knowledge via on the job training and personal study.
  • Support a collaborative environment through engagement with all Roastery teams. 

Experience & Skills

  • Basic mechanical skill.
  • Able to lift, push and pull up to 25 pounds on a repeated basis.
  • Excellent oral communication skills.
  • Strong initiative and self-management skills.
  • Basic math and computer skills.
  • Preferred 1 – 2 years production roasting experience

Work Environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. This position is very active and requires standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, and crouching all day. The Roastery is not a climate-controlled environment and employees are subject to seasonal temperatures.

Position Type

This is a full-time hourly position. The hours of work are Monday – Friday with 8 hour shifts ranging between 5 a.m. – 8 p.m. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required as a job duties demand. 

This position description intends to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. It is not intended to include all duties and responsibilities. The order in which duties and responsibilities are listed is not significant.

We believe in the power of human connection and kindness through the portal of coffee. As a queer, women owned, B-corp we put environmental and social sustainability at the forefront of every decision we make. We support all stakeholders along the supply line through impactful purchasing and employee development.

If you believe what we believe, in racial and gender equality and that business can be a force for good - come join the Equator team.

Equator Coffees is an equal opportunity employer. All aspects of employment including the decision to hire, promote, and discharge will be based on competence, performance and the business needs. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability or any other applicable legally protected characteristics.