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Head of Coffee

The Head of Coffee role is a crucial role at Colonna.

With a high quality market leading range of coffee products and an internationally renowned coffee brand, this role is central to upholding the brand and business we have built. The role importantly needs to contribute to the future of the business as it continues to grow at a fast pace, with the organisation refining and implementing new systems and practices.
The head of coffee role is an exciting opportunity with a dynamic set of tasks and responsibilities creating the foundation of our coffee programme. We are seeking a highly capable and motivated individual for the role.


Colonna is a fast growing, world renowned and innovative speciality coffee company based in the south west of England. The company prides itself on its continual pursuit of exceptional coffee.

The story began with the destination concept coffee shop Colonna and Small’s in Bath in 2009. The store established itself as a landmark speciality coffee experience, showcasing the world's best coffee.

Colonna has its roots in the specialty third wave coffee movement, but it’s ambitions lie in engaging quality discerning customers around the world in the complex flavours and stories of exceptional coffee. Colonna is also viewed as a leader in innovation being one of the first to market with speciality coffee capsules and bringing to market in 2019 a water jug with filtration optimised for the at home coffee drinker.

Colonna is a dynamic company that works through various channels and collaborations. Colonna ships to 50 countries every month through its growing d2c platform. Wholesale partnerships include some of the world’s finest specialty coffee destinations to brand collaborations looking to tell a quality driven coffee story and deliver in the cup.

Colonna has a growing private label channel. This side of the s business combines speciality coffee expertise and credentials with commercial capabilities to deliver ambitious narrative driven coffee products.

It is an exciting time for Colonna as it builds on its worldwide reputation for innovation and disruption in the coffee space. the business is growing quickly and making a name for itself as the go to coffee partner for ambitious speciality coffee projects.
Colonna will be continuing to focus on exploring the possibilities of great coffee, expanding the roastery operations, exploring. new formats and establishing the brand through multiple channels and markets.


Colonna curates a range of the world’s most exceptional coffee, sourced and roasted to showcase their unique and sought after flavours.
Colonna has a continually changing selection of coffee based on the seasonality and nature of coffee as well as a desire to showcase a variety of incredible coffee flavour profiles throughout the year.

Our collaborative coffee projects often mean a bespoke sourcing relationship for a specific coffee, its flavour and story.
Colonna has been at the forefront of the specialty coffee sector in areas such as capsules, water, scientific research and packing and brewing technology. The business continues to explore and collaborate on research and innovation across coffee.


Founder Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood is a 3 time UK Barista Champion, Young British Foodie award winner and international speaker across the coffee industry. Maxwell has also authored two books on coffee.
Colonna and Small’s the Bath-based flagship destination store has many accolades, appearing in multiple top coffee shop lists, with mentions in Vogue and the independent. The shop won best European cafe in 2017.

Colonna’s disruptive and innovative approach to capsule coffee has been featured in a variety of prominent press such as the Telegraph newspaper. The specialty Coffee capsules were featured in Wired magazine’s top innovative products of 2017.


The entrepreneur behind Colonna, Maxwell Colonna Dashwood founded the Colonna business with an initial store in Bath. The store and the roastery have gone on to win international awards and attracts customers worldwide.

The roastery facility is based in Yate (near Bristol & Bath) and has had significant investment to create a state of the art coffee roastery space.

There are three production roasting machines. All are Diedrich roasters - IR12, CR35 & CR70. In 2020 the roastery installed and commissioned a form seal nitro packing line. The space is evolving and changing as the company grows and builds its capabilities.
The roastery has Salsa and organic compliance certifications and in 2020 implemented BRC standard compliance.

The current roastery team consists of approx.. 15 employees split across production and commercial roles.
Colonna sources a range of high quality coffee from around the role through a variety of supply chains and in collaboration with varying client types alongside own brand products.
As the channel variation and product offer continues to diversify with added complexity the central coffee role is key to company success. The company is implementing systems and processes across all activities including all aspects relating to coffee sourcing and roasting.


Role and Responsibilities

  • Planning and sourcing all of the green coffee based on product requirements and in line with company sourcing programme policies.
  • Develop and implement roast profiles for each coffee across the roasting equipment.
  • Oversee and manage production roasting, QC & efficiencies in conjunction with operational team.
  • Work with the commercial and e-commerce team to forward plan the procurement, draw down, profiling, sales run rates and launch of each coffee across varying channels.
  • Manage green stock across contracted, off site, on site and roasted.
  • Work with Maxwell to evolve and implement existing and new initiative green sourcing policies.
  • Support production roasting where needed.
  • Contribute to R&D and product development.
  • Ensure an organised and clean working environment is maintained in line with the compliance standards held and to create the right impression internally and for visiting clients & partners.
  • Communicate with both internal and external stakeholders.

The Candidate:

Experience with the following required.

  • Sourcing and grading green coffee
  • Managing green coffee contracts
  • Developing roast profiles and production roasting
  • Overseeing and managing teams
  • Cross department requirements gathering and collaboration
  • Cropster - digital competency
  • Quality control processes

Aptitude / Personality

You must have an outgoing character with a good sense of humour and a positive personal style.

  • Energetic and committed with a real enthusiasm for the business
  • Proven skills in developing and setting high level coffee programmes
  • Communication skills should be of the highest calibre
  • Ability to be comfortable with, and adapt to change in a business environment
  • Have a clear sense of purpose and direction with personal values aligned with those of Colonna
  • Collaborative team mentality with a growth mindset
  • Detail orientated
  • Based at the roastery in Yate, Bristol with the expectation to travel on occasion where needed.
  • Full Time (37.5 hours pw) Monday - Friday. Flexibility and additional hours may be required.


The role will report directly to Managing Director, Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood, and you will work closely with the Chief Operating Officer to facilitate the business strategy. Cross-team reporting to varying stakeholders.

Role Location & Working Hours

  • Based at the roastery in Yate, Bristol with the expectation to travel on occasion where needed.
  • Full Time (37.5 hours pw) Monday - Friday. Flexibility and additional hours may be required.


A competitive basic salary is on offer as well as performance-based growth potential.


Work visa sponsorship is not available for this role, thus only applicants who are EU passport holders will be considered. Please also note that whilst we endeavour to respond to each applicant this isn’t always possible. If you haven’t received a response from us within a week of submitting this will indicate that your application has been regretfully unsuccessful.

To be considered for the role please mail