Is coffee the reason you wake up in the morning? Does the smell of a freshly brewed latte make your soul sing? Are you looking for a job? Combine your work and pleasure at a barista job. Baristas make a variety of drinks — most created with coffee — in extremely fast-paced environments. Note that a good number of barista customers are regular consumers of caffeine, so be prepared to handle some wired people on the job.
The main responsibility of a barista is to make the perfect cup of coffee. Here are a few words of wisdom teaching you how to do just that:
- Follow recipes! You'll make fewer mistakes which will make for a cleaner, faster and overall easier coffee-making experience.
- Keep a neat and tidy workspace. Do this and you won't be bogged down with a messy counter during rush hour, allowing you to churn out more orders more efficiently.
- Be friendly. Customers want their coffee delivered with a smile, and sometimes, a bit of conversation.
Get along with your co-workers. It will make your job and everyone else's a lot more fun!
A great barista will have a few core skills:
- Keeping a high level of customer service. This can be hard when dealing with grumpy customers. You’ll often be speaking to caffeine-deprived people who need their morning jolt. Be nice!
- Multi-tasking in stressful situations. Baristas have to juggle taking customers’ orders, making drinks, working the cash register, and playing good tunes to keep the cafe vibe on point.
Remembering all those orders. This will be difficult with orders coming from every direction. Non-fat lattes, soy-chai lattes, and all the other permutations can be a lot to memorize.
Most employers prefer that baristas have a high school diploma, a GED and/or industry experience.