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Olympia Coffee Wins 1st and 2nd Place in the Barista Competition

Posted on October 13, 2014 by Oliver Stormshak | 0 Comments

Over the years Olympia Coffee has shown a great presence in both our regional Barista and Brewer's Competitions as well as the national-level US Barista Competition. We've had the honor of bringing home 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Place in the NW Brewer's Cup all in the same year,  2nd Place US Brewer's Cup, Finals-Round at the US Barista Competition and even 1st and 2nd Place NW Brewer's Cup earlier this year during the 2014 season. The 2015 Competition Season kicked off this weekend though in Rancho Mirage California and Olympia Coffee showed up in full force.

   We are proud to have our first ever Barista Competition podium positions, and the top TWO at that. Brady Macdonald, our Retail Trainer here in Olympia, brought home 2nd Place and Sam Schroeder, one of Olympia Coffee's owners as well as our Retail Director, came away with the First Place Barista Competition win! These guys both get an automatic position in the US Barista Competition Semi-Finals Round in February.

   Further, Second Place in Brewer's Cup this year went for the second year in a row, to our Downtown Olympia Store Manager, Alex Choppin, and First Place went to our wholesale partners at Morsel Seattle through the knowledge and skills of Akaash Saini. We are so proud to share these wins with these guys!

   If you'd like to try the winning coffees, both Sam and Alex were using our Ethiopia Konga Yirgacheffe Organic, and Brady was using our Honduras COCAFELOL Reserva Organic. We believe it's important to note that all three of our trophies were earned with Certified Organic coffees.

   To watch re-plays of any of these competitions check out the US Coffee Competitions site, and stay tuned to our social media for a chance to try the award winning drinks soon.

Now Hiring Coffee Bar Manager

Posted on June 23, 2014 by Oliver Stormshak | 0 Comments

Coffee Bar Manager

Position Description

The Coffee Bar Manager works as a member of Olympia Coffee’s Retail Team. S/he is supervised by the Retail Director, works in close collaboration with the Retail Trainer and supervises a team of Baristas in operation of the coffee bar. The Coffee Bar Manager is responsible for managing his/her coffee bar’s operational and financial success.  

General Responsibilities

  • Ensuring the store is providing consistently excellent products and service, and that the environment is inviting, clean, and well stocked.
  • Building a well-developed and high performing team that works together collaboratively and upholds the Olympia Coffee Staff Member Expectations.
  • Promoting a positive staff moral and favorable image in the community as a local, hand crafted artisan brand.

Specific Duties

Bar Operation and Budgeting

  • Perform barista tasks during scheduled shifts (15-20 hours per week): prepare drinks, provide an outstanding customer experience, operate point of sale, stock products, and cleans store.
  • Ensure clean, attractive, and inviting cafe environment.
  • Create and execute plans to elevate product quality and customer experience, as well as minimize waste and reduce costs.
  • Participate in financial goals of store including development and implementation of systems for increasing efficiency and profitability of the store.
  • Monitor and manage labor levels to increase efficiency without sacrificing quality or customer experience.
  • Maintain vendor relationships and keep products in stock by ordering products or communicating café inventory needs to Wholesale Department.
  • Maintain relationships with bakeries, including placing orders, introducing new products, tracking and minimizing waste.
  • Maintain scheduled preventative maintenance on all equipment, and ensure that all equipment is in proper working order.
  • Troubleshoot small repairs and work with the retail director toward a resolution on larger repairs.
  • Maintain safety of cafe environment and ensure proper handling and storage of food products.

 

Team Development and Education

  • Recruit, hire, and supervise a team of baristas for coffee bar operation.
  • Work closely with the Retail Trainer for initial and ongoing training for coffee bar team.
  • Demonstrate leadership in coffee preparation, bar management, and hospitality.
  • Create weekly schedules for coffee bar team, adjust hours and shift as necessary.
  • Facilitate communication between coffee bar team and work any issues towards resolution.
  • Maintain complete knowledge of all coffees and retail products, stay up-to-date on emerging products, promotions, and policies and ensure education of coffee bar team.
  • Develop leadership within team including hiring and supervise lead baristas.
  • Educate and ensure coffee bar team is upholding company procedures and policies, use corrective action as necessary.
  • Promote positive staff moral and relationships with staff members including honoring staff member company anniversaries.
  • Maintain calendar of staff member reviews, including scheduling and facilitation of reviews.

Desired Characteristics

  • Passionate about coffee, great work ethic and desire to be at Olympia Coffee Roasting Co
  • Positive attitude, great communication, and strong leadership skills.
  • Strong knowledge, background, and experience in coffee preparation, bar management and hospitality.
  • Detail-oriented and excellent organization skills
  • Ability to solve problems and prioritize important tasks
  • Self-motivated with the ability to manage independently
  • Capable of handling sensitive and confidential information
  • Basic computer skills and technological troubleshooting
  • Ability to manage projects and hold others accountable for job performance

 

Salaried Position based on a 35 hour work week

10 Days Paid Time Off

Mileage reimbursement for company errands

Coffee benefits package

 

 To apply please include a cover letter and resume attachment to info@olympiacoffee.com

 

Posting closes July 7th 2014

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Now Hiring: Office Manager

Posted on May 29, 2014 by Oliver Stormshak | 0 Comments

Office Manager

Position Description

The Office Manager supports company operations by creating and maintaining office systems. The Office Manager is responsible for the seamless operation of Olympia Coffee Roasting Company office, including wholesale customer support, accounts payable/receivable, and inventory management. The Office Manager also acts as the executive assistant for the Managing Partners of Olympia Coffee Roasting Company.

General Responsibilities

  • Engage with Olympia Coffee’s wholesale customers, including taking orders, invoicing, creating shipping labels and communicating wholesale customer needs with production team, and manage accounts receivable for customers.  
  • Maintain the inventory of a wide range of products from wholesale merchandise to office supplies and manage accounts payable for inventory products.
  • Act as Executive Assistant for Olympia Coffee Roasting Company’s Managing Partners.

Specific Duties

Wholesale Customer Support

  • Create and control daily customer manifest including invoice and shipping label creation and communication of customer needs with production team.
  • Receive payments and ensure that all customers are up to date on all invoices and facilitates overdue accounts towards resolve
  • Manage incoming phone calls, receive incoming orders, answer customer questions, find solutions for customer problems, and respond to voicemails
  • Manage order email account, receiving orders and communicating with customers about their orders.
  • Maintain relationships with shipping vendors, communicating logistics with customers and manages shipping issues through to resolution.
  • Seek cost savings and system improvements whenever possible.

Inventory Management

  • Place orders and maintain inventory of multiple products, managing and adjusting inventory pars as necessary and communicating backorders to customers and production and retail team.
  • Maintain relationships with merchandise vendors, knowledgeable of all current products as well as proactive to sourcing new items.
  • Manage inventory of all office supplies
  • Manage accounts payable for all inventory items

Executive Assistant

  • Provide professional administrative support to managing partners of Olympia Coffee Roasting Company

Desired Characteristics

  • Passionate about coffee, great work ethic, and desire to be at Olympia Coffee Roasting Co.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to solve problems, prioritize tasks, and manage independently
  • Mature and professional
  • Great written and verbal communication skills
  • Capable of handling sensitive and confidential information
  • Detail-oriented with excellent follow-through
  • Strong computer skills and experience with QuickBooks
  • Positive attitude, works well as part of a team

 

Salaried Position based on a 35 hour work week

10 days Paid Time Off

Mileage reimbursement for company errands

Coffee benefits package

 

To Apply:

Please be sure to attach, in pdf or Word form, a cover letter and a resume that includes three references to

info@olympiacoffeeroasting.com

 

Posting closes June 12th 2014

 

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Brewer's Cup Champions

Posted on February 28, 2014 by Sam Schroeder | 0 Comments

Four of us from Olympia Coffee took a road trip down to Los Angeles last weekend for the Big Western Barista Competition to represent the Northwest Region in the Brewer's Cup and Barista Competition.  Honor Forte a Barista and our Wholesale Relationship Manager and Alexander Choppin a Barista and the Manager of our Capitol Boulevard store both competed in the Brewer's Cup.  Honor brewed our Kenya Gatomboya and Alexander brewed our Ethiopia Ademegorbota.  When all was said and done, Honor came 1st place and Alexander came in 2nd.  A huge win for both baristas and our company as a whole.  Both Baristas have won the opportunity to compete in the United States Brewer's Cup, which will have the top three competitors from 6 regions nationwide. 


Honor and Alexander brewing their coffees and replaying their award winning presentations today, Friday, February 28th at 10am at our roastery as a part of our public coffee cupping series that we host every Friday at 10am. 

Posted in 2014 northwest brewer's cup champions, award winning, barista championship, big western barista competition, brewer's cup, kalita, manual brewing, Northwest Regional Brewer's Cup, pour over

Voted Best Coffee

Posted on February 27, 2014 by Sam Schroeder | 0 Comments

For the 4th year in a row we were voted Best Coffee by readers of the Weekly Volcano in their annual Best of Olympia issue.  We are very happy and honored to again win the title of Best Coffee.  This 6th time our company has received mention since the Weekly Volcano started the Best of Olympia in 2011.  We have won Best Coffee every year, in addition Oliver received mention as "Most Approachable Coffee Expert" in 2011 and we also won Best Customer Service in 2012.  We are so grateful to our customers that allow us to do what we love everyday.  Thank you for you support of our small business, we truly have the best customers. 

Sam & Oliver

Posted in best coffee, best of olympia, weekly volcano

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