Assess market position, opportunities for product mix (origins, blends, flavors, functional coffees, roast level). Analyze consumer buying trends and flavor preferences. Evaluate competitor performance. Assist prioritizing market opportunities and risks. Calculate costs and benefits of building versus contract roasting.
Facilities Design and Engineering
Design and engineer green storage facilities, roasting facilities, finished product storage, quality control laboratory and all necessary equipment and tools that will be best suited to meet quality goals and production forecasts
Green Coffee Procurement
Develop a green coffee purchasing strategy with recommended origins and/or estates to meet the quality of any product line from commodity blends through rare and distinctive specialty lots. Review and evaluate company procurement of green coffee, compare to best industry practices (origins and qualities, suppliers, contracts, pricing, buying plan (forward, spot), substitutions for market/quality fluctuation, sourcing alternatives, management of integrated logistics, examination of forecast demand allocations vs actual results).
Design and develop a roasting, storage, packaging, and laboratory facilities applying functional experience as an operator.
Staffing and job functions
Specify the job functions of employees that will work at the facilities and, as appropriate, assist with candidate evaluation and hiring. Develop and document daily procedures performed by each job role.
Coffee Product Development
Develop or evaluate coffee blending practices and sourcing for product mix (origins, blend compositions, component substitutions, coffee for flavoring, certified coffees), as well as, manufacturing procedures related to pre- and post-roast blending.
Risk Management and Financial Controls
Develop or review risk management procedures and financial controls, compare to best industry practices (internal communication, payment terms, inventory levels, derivatives and hedging, ethical sourcing, pre-approvals, sampling, liquidity risk, reporting)
Sustainability and Environment
Advise on coffee procurement from sustainable sources, coffee roaster air quality, environmental and sustainability issues, including opportunities for efficiency and LEED facility and process engineering.
Issue and evaluate requests for proposals, evaluate and / or locate best suppliers of coffee-related capital equipment (e.g. roaster, packaging machines), services and supplies.
Assess and grade coffee samples for quality and taste, evaluate and approve samples for purchase and continue to provide those services on a long-term basis to ensure consistency.