Adventurous Work: Coffee Taster

Photo (cc)  by  DFID - UK Department for International Development  and published under a Creative Commons License. Some rights reserved.

Photo (cc) by DFID - UK Department for International Development and published under a Creative Commons License. Some rights reserved.

Taking a break from writing about coffee for the past few months physically pained my caffeinated veins. Alas, the seas of time have parted and I'm back. One might argue that I never left because coffee can't stop. Won't stop. But maybe it should stop for this guy. He should definitely take break from coffee.

A lot has happened since I last wrote about coffee. I got a new job! Unfortunately I'm still not an official coffee taster, but I'll take what I can get. 

If you are considering a coffee taster job - they do exist, however, and they can pay quite well. 

WCAX in Vermont decided coffee taster was their most recent "Odd job" reporting that "Entry-level coffee tasters make $13-$20 per hour. Those with more experience can earn well over $100,000 per year."

Just think about tasting hints of bittersweet chocolate or notes of almond. Personally, I can't taste these things, despite my small slurping past. But how can you not fall in love with the idea of being the gatekeeper of great coffee into the kitchens of the world. Perhaps you trek to the farthest reaches of the Ethiopian highlands. Maybe you meet with women farmers whose livelihoods depend on growing the perfect bean. It's adventurous work, don't you think?