Interns will learn the ins and outs of roasting -- a pretty complicated process and “a unique skill set,” Finkelstein says -- before the best roaster(s) join the shop on a more permanent basis. The positions are unpaid, but “a copious amount of free coffee” is promised.
Applicants need only have “a deep and abiding interest in coffee as a natural product” and a flexible schedule. That being said, however, Finkelstein wouldn’t mind educating some culinary types on the virtues of a well-roasted bean -- a mission he’s been on for years. (This is, after all, the guy who challenged local restaurants to brew a better cup than him -- if he lost, they got three pounds of coffee.)
“I don't really have a good platform right now and I am hoping some culinary types will be interested,” he wrote in an email. “Even if they are not looking for a long-term situation, hopefully they can take away and disseminate some useful knowledge.”
Qualia made a neat little video on its roasting process last year, which you can watch below.