What's a green bean?
“Learn to make coffee, intern, make coffee, chat, intern, drink coffee, chat, change the world.”
That pretty much sums up what it’s like to be a Green Bean at Vintage Coffee. But it is so much more that! Green Beans are an important part of who we are and what we do at Vintage - we are all about barista training and internship opportunities.
Vintage Coffee is driven by a simple, yet radical mission: We are passionate about adding value to humanity one cup of exceptional quality coffee at a time.
We exude a passion for all things coffee, especially educating individuals about coffee. The heart behind Vintage Coffee has attracted many volunteers who have a willingness to invest their time. Because of this, Vintage Coffee has established a unique “Green Bean” program (like a mini internship).
Volunteers who are keen to join the crew at Vintage Coffee start off their internship journey as a Green Bean. A green bean, in the world of coffee, is a coffee bean that has not yet been roasted and lacks development of flavour. In exchange for their time and efforts at Vintage Coffee, Green Beans are taken on the adventure of being roasted and are given the opportunity to learn all things coffee as they develop.
So what does it mean to be a part of the Green Bean team? You volunteer about 4 hours a week (one shift) for 3 months and we teach you everything we know about coffee. We love our Green Beans!!! They are passionate about coffee and adding value to our city!
As the Green Bean volunteers of Vintage Coffee spend time making coffee they develop their coffee making skills and knowledge and so they are slowly roasted to full-flavoured, coffee-smart individuals. After which, they become a Roasted Bean with the title of Barista.
Regardless of the industry, there is something incredibly significant about volunteering. It teaches you skills and capabilities that you wouldn’t necessarily learn anywhere else. It shifts the focus off of yourself and pushes it onto something else, something bigger than yourself. The lesson’s a volunteer learns at Vintage Coffee are countless. It teaches them how to run a business, to interact with people, to find and follow their passions and dreams and to enjoy what they do. Volunteers at Vintage Coffee have a long lasting impact in what they do and we are so incredibly grateful for each one of our volunteers.
Vintage Coffee wouldn’t be where it is today, if it wasn’t for our awesome team of volunteers!
Adapted from a post for Man Make Coffee Blog
To join the team, sign up: here