Coffee Consulting for Roasting Businesses and Retail Brands
Consultants to analyze 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.
Design and Engineering
Coffee consultants to design and engineer green storage facilities, roasting plants, quality control laboratory and all necessary equipment and tools that will be best suited to meet quality goals and production forecasts
Green coffee purchasing strategy to meet the quality of any product line from shelf 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).
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.
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)
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.
Coffee consulting to 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.