Operations: Roasting/Grinding (R4)

Job Locations US-AL-Birmingham
Req No.
Operations: Production & Quality Control
Regular Full-Time
1st Shift



Royal Cup, Inc. is the proven leader in sourcing, roasting, blending and providing high-quality coffees and fine teas since 1896 and is the chosen partner for restaurants, hotels, offices and commuters across the country.


We are a family-owned business rooted in a longstanding tradition of coffee roasting excellence who takes pride in our unparalleled dedication to customer care.



Royal Cup Coffee offers a competitive compensation plan and a comprehensive benefits program. On top of being a part of a well caffeinated team, the benefits program includes healthcare, dental, vision, company paid disability, 401(k), life insurance, Flexible Spending Account plan, and paid vacation. Tuition reimbursement plan includes up to 80% reimbursement per company criteria. Ongoing trainings designed to provide maximum success for our employees is offered. 


We have an immediate opening for a Roasting/Grinding (R4 Roasting/Grinding) position in our production facility.  This role will serve as a backup roaster and production planner for the HC Valentine as well as perform all roasting and grinding duties in the main roasting plant.  Must be certified as an R3.


The Roasting / Grinding (R4) will be responsible for, among other duties:

  • Assembling and filling super-sacks for super-sack customers.  This will include the completion of production paperwork, taking roast samples to the lab, re-gassing, re-bagging, and performing final tie down, transportation to the warehouse and preparation/loading for delivery.
  • Assisting during the production of Roasting and Grinding Coffee and monitoring the grinding process, assembling and filling super-sacks, and transporting product to the designated area.
  • Maintaining the processes for filling, adding back, and routing of ground super-sacks that need to be prepared and routed for packaging.
  • Demonstrating a high level of competency in the basic operations for all roasters.  Demonstration of said competency will include accessing/reviewing blends/profiles, color checks, end temperature adjustments, coffee routing to offline and bag off, emergency procedures and completion of all required paperwork associated with these processes.
  • Demonstrating achievement of competency in the basic operations for all grinders.  Demonstration of said competency will include pulling up coffee, starting and checking a grind, routing and moving coffee, emergency procedures, and completion of all required paperwork associated with these processes.
  • Maintaining all required sanitation duties associated to R4 Tasks.
  • Providing backup coverage for the R-1, R-2, & R-3 positions if/as needed.
  • Demonstrate and learn all functions in the HC Valentine plant from roasting, filling finished goods orders to processing orders through SAP.
  • Always be mindful of and adhere to GMP’s, Quality and Food Safety requirements.
  • Adhere to all company policies and procedures and guidelines.


  • Minimum of a High School Diploma and/or equivalent (ie. GED).
  • Proven ability to work well with a variety of people and take initiative, showing self-motivation in working independently (at times with little to no supervision) with organization, good communication skills and a very strong work ethic.
  • Must have at least basic Reading, Writing, Mathematical & Computer Skills:
    • Ability to read, write and interpret MSDS, check sheets, master sanitation schedule as well as other correspondence. 
    • Ability to perform simple mathematical calculations: add, subtract, multiply and divide.
    • Ability to operate basic office equipment: telephone system, desktop computers, fax and copy machines.
    • Beyond basic abilities with Microsoft Office Software, specifically with Word and Excel.
  • Ability to work with and support others in a positive way.
  • Ability to successfully complete the pre-employment process.



  • Ability to perform the physical demands of the position which are required to successfully perform each essential responsibility.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the core responsibilities.  These physical demands may include, among other functions:
    • The ability to safely climb up and down ladders, stairs and into forklifts.
    • The ability to stand and walk for extended periods of time.
    • The ability to use hand tools and fingering/handling to operate buttons/levers of equipment.
    • The ability to push 10lbs of force and pull up to 100lbs of force.
    • The ability to lift equipment or product up to 21lbs and with assistance up to 200lbs.
    • The ability to shovel product up 10lbs per shovel full up to 48’’ high.
    • The ability to stoop, kneel, crouch, squat and other movements as needed to retrieve products.
    • The ability to reach up to 76’’ high and forward 30’’ to access equipment or product.
    • The ability to carry product with assistance up to 150lbs.
    • The ability to balance or walk on uneven surfaces.
  • Must be able to work within the work environment characteristics experienced while performing the essential functions for this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions:
    • Frequently working near production machinery and occasionally near hand jacks or forklifts.
    • Frequently working in an environment with variable temperatures.
  • Must be at least power jack and forklift certified or willing to train and acquire proper certification to prove safe operation of power jacks, forklifts, scissor lifts.


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