A barista is a food service worker who is responsible for crafting coffee and other custom drinks at cafes and restaurants. In addition to creating delicious coffee drinks and serving bagels and muffins, baristas are also responsible for maintaining a positive environment and making customers feel welcome. Baristas are essential to coffeehouse operations and bring joy to people in the form of caffeinated beverages on a daily basis.
Our company is seeking a positive, upbeat individual to serve as a part-time barista in our popular cafe. The ideal candidate for this position will have basic customer service skills and the ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment. If you can spark an on-the-spot conversation, memorize multiple recipes and work well with others, our barista position might be for you!
Typical duties include:
Operate the customer service cash register, taking credit card payments
Manage customer orders in the cafe drive-thru
Operate coffee and espresso brewing equipment
Craft specialty coffee beverages from our regular and seasonal menus
Memorize recipes for multiple espresso drinks and be able to create them perfectly every time
Serve food menu items to customers
Educate customers on drink options and ingredients
Regularly restock supplies and ingredients
Clean and maintain a sanitary workspace
Create a positive cafe environment for coworkers and guests
Improve upon barista skills as needed
Customer service skills
Ability to memorize custom information
Ability to multitask
Previous barista experience
Food preparation and sanitation knowledge
On average, baristas earn between $8.50 and $12 per hour depending on their place of employment. In addition to competitive hourly compensation, many baristas also enjoy tips from customers and generous benefits from employers.
Typically, there is no minimum educational requirement for baristas. Many businesses, however, do require team members to be at least 16 years old.
For many individuals, the title of a barista is the beginning of a career journey. In larger companies, baristas have the ability to move through the ranks to become shift leaders, store managers and regional managers of coffee shop chains.
The future for baristas is bright! According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the employment of baristas is projected to grow 14% from 2018 to 2028, which is faster than the average for all occupations.