PART TIME BARISTA

Job Description

Part time, seasonal. Immediate Opening. Higher Grounds Trading Co. seeks a person to join our growing Traverse City-based Fair Trade/ Organic Coffee company. We seek individuals who are enthusiastic about our mission and want to be a part of a growing alternative economy. We encourage people of all ethnicities, race, gender, age, and sexual orientation to apply.

Primary Responsibilities:
*Develop, pour, and brew specialty espresso and brewed coffee drinks
*Provide courteous and responsive service to our customers
*Maintain a clean and organized work area
*Educate customers about the intricacies in making a quality cup of coffee

Requirements:
*Pleasant disposition with customers and staff
*Self-directed, organized, have a great attention to detail, and adaptable to ever-evolving workplace
*Able to lift up to 30 pounds repeatedly
*Able to stand, walk, and lift for entire work day
*Maintain a professional appearance

The ideal candidate will have a clean, well-groomed appearance; enjoy a fast-paced, energetic workplace; be an enthusiastic supporter of social justice and environmental sustainability; dedicated to continually improving the quality of their work and the services they provide; and love coffee!

Position Compensation: Competitive hourly rate commensurate with skill level and experience.

About Higher Grounds: Higher Grounds Trading Co. was founded with the intention of creating and growing markets for fair trade, organic coffee. Our guiding principles are based upon internationally recognized Fair Trade standards and practices. We specialize in linking small-scale organic coffee farmers to domestic consumers who appreciate a high quality cup of coffee. Higher Grounds Trading Co. values involvement in community-enhancing initiatives as well as national and international efforts to improve the fair trade system and the general promotion of economic, social and environmental justice.

To Apply:
Please answer the following questions in the form of a cover letter and email with your contact information and resume to:  jobs@highergroundstrading.com

1. Why do you feel you would be a good fit to work at Higher Grounds?
2. Give an anecdote that demonstrates your ability to be resourceful.
3. What past experience has most prepared you to work in this capacity?