Head of Coffee

at Qima Coffee Ltd

Date Posted:
23 Nov
London, GB
Head of Coffee
Job Type:
35000.0 - 40000.0
Salary Type:

About Qima Coffee: Set up in the midst of Yemen’s raging civil war, Qima Coffee was first established to serve Yemen’s coffee farmers and has grown to become Yemen’s largest specialty coffee exporter, and one of the country’s most impactful social enterprises. After achieving significant impact and scale in Yemen, in 2020, Qima Coffee announced the establishment of coffee sourcing operations in Colombia as it evolved from being a single origin exporter, to a multi-origin coffee sourcing business with equitability at its core.

With coffee sourcing operations in Yemen and Colombia, and marketing and distributions offices in London, Beijing, Seoul, Dubai and Jeddah, Qima Coffee was set up with the aim of sourcing and trading coffee as a vehicle for livelihood improvement and generation for smallholder coffee farmers worldwide. We believe that better coffee can indeed offer better lives.

Established in 2016, Qima Coffee has grown its farmer supply portfolio in Yemen and Colombia to exceed 2,600 farming families, representing an equivalent of ~20,000 people from the rural community. Working directly with smallholder farmers, the company operates with full traceability and transparency, with every lot traceable back to the farmer who grew it. With deep expertise in agronomy, coffee processing, genetics, and marketing and distribution, Qima has undergone exponential growth over the past few years and has come to be recognised as one of the world’s leading equitable coffee sourcing businesses, operating throughout the value chain – from seed to cup.

The Role With our sourcing operations growing we’re looking to bring on a person to fit the role of Head of Coffee.

The successful applicant will be responsible for leading our quality and inventory activities, with a focus on supporting the business with growing its sourcing operations globally. The role will involve receiving, QC checking, roasting and cupping thousands of samples, and ultimately supporting the business to make decisions on coffee buying and sourcing. The role will also involve organising and managing coffee inventory globally, as well as overseeing logistics and order fulfilment. You will be reporting to the Head of UK operations and the CEO. The role will be based in Central London.

Key responsibilities will include: Quality - Roasting and profiling green coffee samples using Ikawa and Probat roasters. - Roasting small batches of unique lots on a Giesen for gift sets/cafe offering - Cupping dozens of coffee samples on a weekly (and sometimes daily) basis. - Recording and organising cupping, quality and roasting data. - Supporting with curating a coffee offering for the upcoming Qima Cafe - Traveling to origins on sourcing/quality control/exploratory trips - Work on ongoing R&D projects associated with new products/processes as assigned.

Inventory and Logistics - Responsible for the management of coffee inventory globally. - Coordinate and oversee the shipping of coffees from origins to various distribution centres - Oversee the preparation of export documentation and associated logistics for incoming and outgoing coffee - Oversee and supervise the packaging and dispatch of orders. - Oversee the receipt of incoming inventory and the sorting and stocking of all coffees.

Your Profile: Qima Coffee is a fast paced and dynamic startup in the early years of establishment. We have a near impossible mission to achieve and require a dedicated, driven and passionate team to achieve our lofty goals. You must be comfortable with startup culture, dynamic working hours, and a fast-changing priority list.

You are passionate about specialty coffee and are passionate about the role of coffee in improving lives and livelihoods. Previous coffee experience is a must and Q grader/SCA Sensory Professional accreditation is a prerequisite. The role will place you at the interface between the coffee consuming world and the coffee producing world, with the task of connecting those two in an equitable and sustainable way.

If you’re looking for the next step in your coffee career, and want to work with a company at the forefront of revolutionising the coffee industry, please send us your CV, along with a brief covering letter, to info@qimacoffee.com. Applications accepted until 5th December 2021.

Skills/Competences: Required: - Q Grader/SCA Sensory Professional Certification - At least 5 years experience in roasting, on drum roasters and sample roasters - Driving license - Experience with managing/storing coffee inventory

Desirable: - AST (Authorised SCA trainer) certification - Q processing courses or practical post harvest processing experience - Other languages (Spanish highly desirable) - Flexibility to travel internationally

Benefits: - Private health insurance - Opportunity to drink some of the world’s best coffee everyday

Equality Statement At Qima Coffee, we are committed to creating a working environment which is safe, based on mutual respect and enables people to be themselves. We acknowledge that the diversity of our workforce should be reflective of the society in which we live. Be that Age, Disability, Gender, Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation, Pregnancy and Maternity, Ethnicity, Religion or Belief and Marital Status, Education or Socio-Economic Background. Finally, we believe that championing diversity and inclusion among not only our employees, but also the farmers we work with is critical to our success