Fundacion International Service Learning Colombia
Non-Profit Organization – Founded in 2014
NIT: 900867100-4
www.MingaHouse.org
What is MINGA?
“Minga entails a collaborative work system that dates back to the Incas. It refers to the commitment, contract or work
agreement between two or more people. The word minga also stands for meeting or reunion.”
INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY
COLOMBIAN COFFEE - BARISTA
Learning Objectives:
Coffee is a complex agricultural product that changes from year to year and
deserves the utmost care in growing, harvesting, processing, roasting, and
brewing. Coffee is also a very labor-intensive business. Each step requires
education and much attention to detail. Baristas without the sufficient
appreciation for the huge amount of labor and commitment that has taken
place prior to having the opportunity to prepare a single cup of coffee for their
customers will never truly be a great barista.
If you want to learn and have an awesome over-all coffee culture experience, come to Chinchina! It is in the Heart of the
Coffee Region of Colombia, where you will find the one of the most unique and complete coffee culture in the world as
recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Chinchina is the home of the
Colombian Federation Coffee Laboratories and the largest Instant Coffee Factory in Latin America. Thus, along with
learning the many ways to prepare a delicious cup of coffee, we offer integral hands-on experience in all 9 elements of
the specialty coffee industry from seed to cup.
1. Growing
2. Harvesting
3. Depulping
4. Fermenting
5. Drying
6. Sorting
7. Roasting
8. Quality Analysis
9. Brewing & Enjoying
Novice baristas and aficionados alike can learn the following:
• How to use and clean a coffee bean grinder and espresso machine
• How to add foam and texture to milk
• Adding artistic designs to the top of a latte
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Carrera 8 #10-28
57-323-505-5710
Calle 27 #23-41
Chinchina, Caldas, Colombia 176020
MingaHouse.org
Manizales, Caldas, Colombia 170006
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Knowledge of sourcing, roasting, extraction, milk temperatures and different brewing methods
Coffee production process, from seed to cup, and how each step affects the final beverage
Characteristics of different types of coffee
Roasting process, roast type, caffeine and Swiss Water decaffeination
Characteristics of Fair Trade, fairly traded, and Rain Forest Alliance coffee
Dimensions of coffees grown in different regions
How to create a drink for a customer based on his individual preferences
Participant Requirements:
Educational Background: N/A
Spanish Language Skills: (None) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 (Fluent)
Potential projects and day-to-day duties:
• Preparing to open the store
• Taking customer orders
• Grinding coffee beans
• Preparing coffee for customers
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Cleaning coffee machines and equipment
Creating stock displays
Keeping track of inventory
Preparing the store to close
Service Term:
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Internship: Open; may be determined upon initial interview to meet mutual goals; If participant is
volunteering for at least 2 weeks, this option may be combined with other volunteering opportunities
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Term:
4 weeks to 12 months
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Work Schedule:
6-8 hrs./day - Mon-Fri (TBD am - TBD pm)
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Service Window:
January - December
Special Skills Desired:
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An extroverted and vivacious personality
Top notch customer service skills
Ability to work well under pressure multitasking
Proactive and working well independently
Attention and eye for detail
Flexible and works well with a team
Knowledge of health, safety, and hygiene in retail setting
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Carrera 8 #10-28
57-323-505-5710
Calle 27 #23-41
Chinchina, Caldas, Colombia 176020
MingaHouse.org
Manizales, Caldas, Colombia 170006