• Apprentice Panelist - Coffee Quality

    Job Locations US-CA-Alameda
    Requisition ID
    Job Industry
    Warehouse/Roasting Plant Operations
  • Overview

    Reporting to the Coffee Quality Manager, the Apprentice Panelist will support and participate in daily sensory panels for quality assurance of Peet’s coffee products. This position is an introductory position designed for broader sensory and/or coffee roasting exposure in the future.


    • Participate in daily sensory panels following established standards, including but not limited to internal, co-manufacturing and international samples
    • Work alongside Sensory Technician in coordination of sensory evaluations/exercises, samples, and supplies with all relevant departments prepare for multiple activities on a regular basis
    • Gain a full understanding of the principles of coffee roasting, roasting techniques and the effects on sensory outcomes
    • Understanding of sensory analysis principles and process
    • Assists Sensory Technician with records, logs of test data, reports, specifications, and other quality procedures as needed
    • Provide sensory support and direction for quality issues and root cause investigations occurring in the roasting plant
    • Help with the general upkeep of the sensory lab and supplies, maintain workspace and storage areas in clean, organized and safe manner
    • Follow established General Manufacturing Practices (GMP’s), safety procedures, company policies, quality policies and procedures as they apply to this position
    • Perform additional testing and analysis as directed by Manager


    • Q-grader and/or desired to obtain Q-grader qualification is required
    • Experience with sensory testing in coffee production or food industry preferred
    • Experience with coffee brewing preferred
    • Ability to input, interpret, and report out on data collection using Windows and/or related computer programs
    • Aptitude for evaluating products with an acute level of sensory detection – will be assessed during the first screening session
    • Ability to maintain open and honest relationships with colleagues building trust and confidence. Should be able to work independently and as part of a team
    • Communication skills – interpretation of other panelists’ point of view and ability to articulate own opinion tactfully
    • Detail oriented and quality conscious individual.

    Peet’s is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer
    For more information about our craft and who we are please visit our website.
    We look forward to hearing from you!


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