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Coffee Manager

Position Title

Coffee Manager

Viroqua, WI

About Wonderstate Coffee

Since 2005, Wonderstate Coffee has worked to forge lasting, equitable partnerships with small-scale farmers. We work directly with growers and coffee cooperatives to ensure high standards for quality, sustainability and farmer compensation. Based in southwest Wisconsin’s beautiful Driftless region, Wonderstate Coffee seeks new team members who share in our mission and values and are eager to join our growing, entrepreneurial-spirited, family-friendly work environment.

Position Overview

The Coffee Manager is a vital role that connects Wonderstate Coffee's sourcing and production teams. Overseeing  the Lab Assistant and providing leadership to the production roasters, the Coffee Manager develops roast profiles and is responsible for quality assurance. Working with the Director of Coffee, they play a key role in sourcing and sharing the stories of our coffees and producers. This position is also responsible for overseeing green coffee inventory, managing shipping logistics, and working with various teams on coffee releases and blend component changes. 

Core Responsibilities

  • Manage, develop, and maintain roast profiles
  • Perform quality assurance through weekly cuppings
  • Support the coffee release process by providing critical producer information and writing content
  • Manage in-house green bean inventory, certifications, and shipping logistics
  • Create and execute the annual release calendar including single origin coffees, components, and special releases
  • Communicate coffee changes to key staff
  • Manage direct reports, including the Lab Assistant
  • Provide sensorial and organizational support in green coffee quality evaluation and tracking
  • Travel to origin to develop sourcing partnerships
  • Meet regularly with the Director of Coffee to communicate needs and feedback on quality
  • Roast coffee as needed to maintain production schedules and standards
  • Assist in development and maintenance of education programs and sales support functions.

Requirements and Desired Skills

  • Strong servant leadership and people management skills
  • Attention to detail, organization, and time management skills
  • Roasting experience
  • Knowledge of coffee supply, growing, processing and handling practices
  • Comfort with Cropster & Microsoft Excel a plus
  • Involvement with industry groups (i.e. Cooperative Coffees, Roasters Guild, SCAA)
  • Exposure to sourcing and importing and farmer visits 


  • Healthcare 
  • Paid vacation + company holidays
  • Retirement plan

Wonderstate is an equal opportunity employer.  We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.  We strongly encourage diverse candidates to apply.

Please email cover letter and resume to jobs@wonderstate.com with the position title "Coffee Manager" in the subject line.