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The Perfect Daily Grind Coffee Jobs Exchange & Coffee Internship

Want to gain experience of the coffee industry in another country? We’ve got the perfect answer for you – in fact, we’ve got two of them: the Perfect Daily Grind (PDG) Coffee Jobs Exchange and the Perfect Daily Grind (PDG) Coffee Internship.

In the first, you swap with someone of a similar level from another county, state, or country to get a taste of the local coffee scene. In the second, you work to gain new skills and experience, whether on the farm, in a roastery, or behind the bar of a local coffee shop.

It’s the perfect opportunity to experience a different take on specialty coffee, make global connections, and learn new skills. So if you’re interested, read on for more details.

Please note that taking part in the PDG Coffee Jobs Exchange or PDG Coffee Internship is not a holiday. Host cafés, roasteries, and farms go to significant effort and expense to facilitate this opportunity.

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Want to learn more about working on a coffee farm? Become a Coffee Intern. Credit: Nate Robinson, @ucfnate

What Is the PDG Coffee Jobs Exchange?

The Coffee Jobs Exchange is, put simply, an exchange programme. Baristas and roasters agree with their employers that they can go on the programme, and then they contact advertising cafés/roasteries to organise this.

The Coffee Jobs Exchange will directly promote the spread of specialty coffee. Visiting baristas and roasters will bring with them specialised knowledge and local coffee culture. They will leave, having shared all of this with their hosts, with even more insight into and passion for the global coffee scene – not to mention valuable international connections. They will teach and learn, experience and create, and collaborate and inspire.

It’s designed for open-minded baristas, roasters, and cuppers with a feeling of wanderlust and a wish to be exposed to overseas coffee customs and supply chains – whether for the purpose of improving their local operations or eventually expanding their career internationally.

Where Can I Go & What Can I Do on the PDG Coffee Jobs Exchange?

Anywhere and anything!

There are no limits when it comes to the Coffee Jobs Exchange – other than what you agree with your employer and your host. Currently making coffees for commuters in the Big Apple, but want to try serving up drinks to producers in Brazil? No problem! Living in Guatemala but want to experience London’s specialty scene? Just find a London-based café looking for an exchange, and send off an email.

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Find out how to list your own Coffee Job Exchange.

Two female baristas are behind the bar in a coffee shop

Experience café culture in new a location with the PDG Coffee Jobs Exchange. Credit: Nate Robinson, @ucfnate

Baristas & Roasters: Why Participate in the PDG Coffee Jobs Exchange?

1. Learn and improve

Going on a PDG Coffee Jobs Exchange is a great opportunity for personal development. Not only will you challenge your own skills by working with different equipment, customers, beans, and processes, but you’ll also learn from your host café/roastery and new coworkers.

2. Participate in global discussions

How do you make consumers aware of the coffee supply chain? What’s the best way to promote gender equity in coffee? Is a dark roast always bad? Everywhere has their own take on these questions, and participating in an international dialogue will help us find answers faster.

3. Spread your own message about coffee

Want to let people know that your local coffee scene is thriving, even if not many people outside of it have realised yet? Or do you want to share your eco-friendly solution to wasted coffee grinds? Here’s your chance.

4. Travel

New horizons bring with them a lot of excitement. You may be here to work, but you’ll still get to enjoy meeting new people, tasting local cuisine, and seeing the sights on your days off.

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Cafés & Roasteries: Why Participate in the PDG Coffee Jobs Exchange?

1. See your baristas/roasters improve

Send one of your employees off for one month, and wait for them to return with increased knowledge, skills, and passion. By having to adapt to a new environment – we’re talking about different equipment, clients, blends, beasts, roast styles, brewing methods, and organisation – they will be sure to improve. What’s more, they’ll return with new ideas to try in your café.

2. Learn from your visiting barista/roaster

By exchanging baristas of a similar ability and experience, you can be sure that you’ll benefit just as much from your visiting barista/roaster as they do from you. They’ll bring their own expertise and share them with your members of staff.

3. Reward dedicated members of staff

No coffee shop or roastery can run without employees. Reward and motivate your most valuable members of staff by offering them this opportunity.

4. Help customers to understand specialty

Short of sending all your customers off to origin, what could possibly help them understand the role of a producer more than talking to a barista from a producing country? Or the difference between a flat white and a latte than talking to an Aussie? No matter how far or near your visiting barista/roaster has come from, they’ll arrive with their own stories about coffee – that they can share with your customers.

5. Create global connections

Coffee may be a global business, but one of the most beautiful things about it is its sense of community. Expand your coffee community on a global scale by partnering with businesses all over the world for Coffee Job Exchanges.

Find out how to list your own Coffee Job Exchange.

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Who knows who you’ll meet on a Coffee Jobs Exchange? Credit: Nate Robinson, @ucfnate

Who’s the Typical PDG Coffee Jobs Exchange Visitor?

You’re going to be someone who’s passionate about coffee and keen on personal development. You’ve travelled before, and adapt well to new situations; maybe you’ve even lived or worked abroad before.

Ideally, you’ll also have transferable skills – perhaps you can help your host café/roastery with translation or proofreading, taking great photos, or writing snappy Facebook posts. And you’re probably proficient in the language of your host country.

What’s more, you’re not a snob. A barista/roaster’s role is diverse, and it’s unlikely you’ll just be behind the bar or huddling over the machine. This means you’ll have to be just as happy to mop the floor, make sandwiches, and squeeze fresh juice, as you are to pull shots.

You’ll also understand that this isn’t a holiday; you’ll have to work just as hard as you would at home, if not harder.

What Are the Responsibilities of Host Cafés/Roasteries?

Your responsibility will depend on your negotiation between your partner café/roastery. Perfect Daily Grind cannot provide legal or business advice, and we encourage you to always check local employment, tax, immigration, and insurance laws and regulations.

However, some points for you to consider before finalising your negotiations include:

  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Transport
  • Safety
  • Salary/wages – feedback from previous exchanges suggests that some participants found it easier for both shop owners to pay their employees their standard wages while away to avoid visa issues; however, Perfect Daily Grind has no expertise in such issues. As of such, Perfect Daily Grind cannot provide any advice as to the legality or practicality of different payment methods.

Please be aware that Perfect Daily Grind is operating as a facilitator of the PDG Coffee Jobs Exchange. Perfect Daily Grind is not an agency; we are unable to place baristas/roasters/interns, provide legal consultation, or pursue damages and complaints. It is the responsibility of the participants to ensure their safety and that they are happy with the terms and conditions of the exchange.

Man smelling coffee during processing

Experience what it’s really like at origin on a Coffee Internship. Credit: Nate Robinson, @ucfnate

What Is the PDG Coffee Internship?

The PDG Coffee Internship is an opportunity for baristas, roasters, and coffee lovers to gain valuable experience in new areas of the coffee industry – and in new locations!

It’s designed for adaptable and hardworking people with experience of travelling – and maybe even working or living – abroad, who are keen to experience new aspects of the coffee industry and improve their career prospects.

Where Can I Go & What Can I Do on the PDG Coffee Internship?

There are no limits to the PDG Coffee Internship, other than that you have to stay for at least four weeks. Want to gain experience on a coffee farm so you can talk more knowledgeably about it to your customers? To learn about promoting specialty in a non-specialty area? Or to help with organising specialty events? It couldn’t be easier – just find a partner who’s advertising for that role.

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Improve your career by learning how to cup coffee to different standards. Credit: Nate Robinson, @ucfnate

Interns: Why Participate in the PDG Coffee Internship?

1. Learn and improve

Going on a Coffee Internship is a great opportunity for personal development. You’ll try new things, learning from coffee professionals along the way. You’ll also experience how the coffee industry operates in different locations around the world. And in doing so, you’ll gain a unique perspective on the coffee industry.

2. Participate in global discussions

How do you make consumers aware of the coffee supply chain? What’s the best way to promote gender equity in coffee? Is a dark roast always bad? Everywhere has their own take on these questions, and participating in an international dialogue will help us find answers faster.

3. Make coffee connections

Coffee’s an industry driven by connections. By creating an international network of coffee associates, you’ll not only create great friends – you’ll also be more aware of innovations spreading throughout the industry, and better situated to take advantage of these throughout your career.

4. Travel

New horizons bring with them a lot of excitement. You may be here to work, but you’ll still get to enjoy meeting new people, tasting local cuisine, and seeing the sights on your days off.

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Cafés, Roasteries, Farms, & Organisations: Why Participate in the PDG Coffee Internship?

1. Help specialty to spread

By taking on PDG Coffee Interns, you’ll help them understand what makes specialty coffee truly special: the hard word and advanced knowledge of producers, the rigorous processing methods, the care and attention given to the roast profile and the brewing, and the passion of the coffee community. They’ll take this knowledge away with them and share it with people in their hometown and country.

2. Inspire the next generation

Right now, your Coffee Interns are learning about coffee. Help them to become as passionate, knowledgeable, and inspired you are – and in doing so, help create the next generation of coffee professionals.

3. Benefit from your interns’ talent and skills

While you teach your intern all about your corner of the coffee industry, they can help you with their areas of specialism, whether that’s social media posts, translating, website upgrades, or communicating with exporters and roasters.

4. Create global connections

This year, you might take on a Coffee Intern. Next year, you might do business with their boss. And three years from now, you might be signing contracts with the person you once taught about the industry.

Find out how to list your own Coffee Internship.

Two men stand together

Make long-lasting friendships with coffee professionals all over the world as a PDG Coffee Internship. Credit: Nate Robinson, @ucfnate

Who’s the Typical PDG Coffee Intern?

You’ll be hardworking, adaptable, driven by a love of the coffee industry, and keen to develop your career internationally.

You’ll know that this isn’t a holiday, and you’re not volunteering: you’re benefiting from the hard work of your host in training you, not to mention their time, effort, and money in hosting you. You also know that you get out what you put in – and so you’re keen to put in as much as possible.

If you’re applying to intern on a farm, you know that you might have to use an outside toilet, spend all day carrying 60 kilo bags of coffee, and take part in night harvests. If you’re applying to intern in a coffee house, you know you’ll have to clean the toilets and deal with customer complaints.

You’re also aware that, while you will develop new skills and learn new things, there are likely to be times when you’ll be expected to use your existing skills to benefit your host business – whether that’s proofreading translations, writing blog posts, or calling customers who speak your language. We recommend discussing your expectations regarding how much you learn, and how much time you spend doing things you already know, with your host prior to signing up for a Coffee Internship.

But you also know that it will be worth it. You’ll gaining valuable insider experience of new areas of the coffee industry, you’ll help to further the spread of specialty coffee, and you’ll make global coffee connections.

What Are the Responsibilities of Host Cafés/Roasteries?

Your responsibilities will depend on the agreement you negotiate with your Coffee Intern. Perfect Daily Grind cannot provide legal or business advice, and we encourage you to always check local employment, tax, immigration, and insurance laws and regulations.

However, we’d also like to remind you that the PDG Coffee Intern is participating in order to learn about your area of expertise in the industry. We recommend discussing with your PDG Coffee Intern(s) what they can expect to learn, and what they would like to learn, from interning with you.

Additional points for you to consider before finalising your negotiations include:

  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Transport
  • Safety
  • Visas
  • Hours of work per week
  • Intern duties
  • Remuneration – please note that Perfect Daily Grind has no expertise in such issues. As of such, Perfect Daily Grind cannot provide any advice as to the legality or practicality of different payment methods.

Please be aware that Perfect Daily Grind is operating as a facilitator of the Coffee Internship. Perfect Daily Grind is not an agency; we are unable to place baristas/roasters/interns, provide legal consultation, or pursue damages and complaints. It is the responsibility of the participants to ensure their safety and that they are happy with the terms and conditions of the exchange.

Next Steps

Want to list a coffee job exchange or coffee internship opportunity? Download the form here, check out the example listing hereand send an email to jobsboard@perfectdailygrind.com.

To find the perfect coffee jobs exchange or coffee internship for you, browse our listings here.