Want to join the team?
Here at Portrait Coffee, we're interested in building meaningful careers in the coffee industry. We offer competitive pay, paid time-off, health insurance, and opportunities for growth in the company.
We take pride in our core values of:
In each and every task, we make sure to act in love and care for our customers.
Moments of Celebration
No moment is too small to celebrate the victory. We make sure to take time to reflect and rejoice throughout the day-to-day.
We want to be the very best, and our work should reflect that goal.
Role & Responsibilities:
- Assist with coffee production roasting.
- Develop working knowledge of all roasting systems (manual, mechanized, electrical, and digital).
- Communicate daily with the Head Roaster and Operations Manager regarding order fulfillment, roasting, maintenance, and green inventory needs.
- Move, organize, and maintain green coffee supply.
- Complete daily and weekly roaster maintenance and facility cleaning needs.
- Accurately prepare, blend, grind, pack, and heat-seal coffee.
Qualifications & Requirements:
- 1 years of general specialty coffee experience preferred.
- Sincere interest and dedication toward improving sensory and roasting skills
- Strong organizational skills and ability to solve problems
- Ability to lift 50 lbs or more
- Paid time off
- Employer-paid health insurance
- One free 12 oz bag of coffee/week
Our entire team is comprised of residents of Atlanta who are deeply invested in seeing the Historic West End continue to flourish. We’re a diverse team with unique experiences in business operations, marketing, communications, design, and community development. Portrait Coffee’s goal is to empower and equip Atlanta natives and residents with genuine career and life opportunities in the world of coffee.
Co-Founder & CEO
Aaron Fender is the CEO & co-founder at Portrait Coffee. He originally started his coffee journey as a barista back in 2012 and since has had the chance to learn & experience different opportunities across the coffee supply chain.
Aaron is a husband, dad, aspiring cook, amateur wine enthusiast, and avid learner. He says he finds the most joy in building community through hospitality & FUN!
John Onwuchekwa is originally from Houston, TX but has spent more of his adult life in Atlanta than any place else, so the A feels more like home to him nowadays. John got started in coffee reluctantly. He needed it for the caffeine, then realized there was a whole world that he’d been left out of. The more he started to explore it, the more he lamented the fact he didn’t see many people that looked like him. He was about to throw it all away until John stumbled upon a book and realized that coffee was discovered in Ethiopia. Once he found out that coffee grows where Black and Brown folks grow, he was hooked in a way that he hasn't been able to break free from.
At Portrait, John's role is free-flowing. He is a co-founder and tends to exist and operate in clouds and come in for landings when there’s a story to be written, a narrative to be shaped, or an idea to be presented. He love stories and the connecting power of coffee.
"I love the fact that it’s more than a product, but a platform to do good. I spend my time ideating about creative ways that coffee can be a force for good, and the partnerships that might be able to extract all of that goodness."
Co-Founder & Head of Brand and Marketing
"I started a coffee company with people I love, and that to me is the biggest trophy. But they don't make no awards for that."
Marcus Hollinger is one of our co-founders from Kansas City, MO, and seasoned by Lexington, KY. He got started in coffee when one of his homies invited him to have a cup of coffee and then asked him to start a business with them.
Overseeing Brand and Marketing, Marcus shapes the outward-looking pieces of Portrait. Outside of coffee, Marcus says that hobbies are his hobby. Right now, he's into skateboarding, drawing, and making himself a better Husband, Father, and friend.
Christine Ramirez joined Portraits team in early 2021 and now serves as our Marketing Coordinator. As Marketing Coordinator, Christine oversees our social media, email marketing, and various projects we release throughout the year. Christine loves her work at Portrait because of the incredible team, collaborators, and coffee we can introduce to our community.
In 2018, she started working in coffee shops in Orlando, her hometown. Now living in Atlanta, Christine loves going to concerts & festivals, running, reading, cooking, and visiting every coffee shop she encounters.
Production Associate & Roaster
Khalid Smith is one of our OG Portrait team members, starting in 2019. His first experience in the coffee industry was working at a shop, where he knew nothing about coffee but slowly learned more about the coffee supply chain and the process it goes through from seed to cup.
Now as Operations Manager, Khalid is responsible for the (what do you do in that role). (What do you love about your role) Khalid is usually playing soccer, camping, hiking, farming, or cooking when not at the roastery. We also have to mention that Alton Brown told Khalid that he made him the best cortado he’s ever had in his life.
Production Associate & Roaster
Kayla Scott is our newest team member, who joined in April 2022. She describes herself as a coffee professional by day and a gamer girl at night. Kay started in the coffee industry after graduating college in 2015 and began working a part-time coffee job in Durham, North Carolina.
Kay is currently one of our Production Associates, where she roasts our coffees and fulfills incoming orders. She enjoys working at Portrait, not only because she's passionate about coffee and people, but because she loves her coworkers.
She is a 2021 Glitter Cat Barista Competitor, Counter Culture Certified Barista, and a coffee consultant that helped open three different coffee shops in the greater Atlanta area. Outside of coffee, Kay enjoys hanging out with her friends, visiting new restaurants in the area, and watching films.