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Wise Sons is looking for a Lead Barista / Beverage Specialist
Wise Sons Delicatessen

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Wise Sons is looking for a Lead Barista / Beverage Specialist
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Wise Sons Delicatessen
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Job Summary

Job Type
Job Last Posted
Job posted 17 days ago
Job Role
Employer's Industry
Food & Hospitality
Job Schedule
Weekdays, Weekends, Mornings, Afternoons

Job Description

Founded in San Francisco’s Mission District, Wise Sons pairs classic Jewish recipes with the best California ingredients to make delicious deli fare that would make your bubbe proud. With five locations and a presence at multiple farmer’s markets, we are a rapidly growing, nationally-recognized brand. Our core values are Quality, Cleanliness, and Service, and we like to keep it FUN!

We're seeking a friendly, experienced barista who has a passion for perfect coffee and espresso drinks, as well as a love of delicious food (especially bagels and pastrami!). Our Barista & Beverage Specialist will oversee the broader Wise Sons beverage program which includes our signature celery sodas and micheladas, and will spend their days in one of our five Bay Area restaurants providing an amazing beverage experience to our customers and working hand-in-hand with our team to maintain our standards. 

This is a full-time, hourly position (eligible for earning tips) with opportunities to grow into management, and will report to our Director of Operations and work closely with our Training Manager and Culinary Operations Manager. Wise Sons team members have the flexibility to run the cash register, pull an espresso shot, and jump on the sandwich line to toast up a bagel and shmear all in a day’s work. Our training program ensures everyone is set up for success!

Lead the Wise Sons coffee and beverage program for all restaurants:

  • Learn how to make all espresso, tea and coffee drinks. Test espresso often to ensure that it is properly dialed in at all times.
  • Work closely with our coffee partner to ensure product quality and training are at the highest level
    • Review and update training documentation, recipe book, and reference materials
    • Practice and teach sustainable behaviors. Our baristas require performing repetitive actions/motions. Practice and teach proper espresso tamping, posture while making espresso, and inserting/removing portafilter from espresso machine
  • Work with Wise Sons restaurant teams to ensure product execution and hospitality exceed expectations
    • Coordinate trainings for Wise Sons hourly and management staff
  • Manage coffee equipment maintenance vendor, working with Wise Sons managers and partners
  • Work with Culinary team to develop and implement new product pipeline for beverage program 
    • Espresso drinks at applicable locations
    • Drip/cold brew drinks at applicable locations
    • Beer & wine beverages at applicable locations:
  • Lead all marketing and promotions for coffee and beverage program
    • Review signage and presentation of beverages
    • Coordinate packaging as needed
  • Practice good hygiene and proper food handling techniques at all times.
  • A kind teacher: you love sharing and imparting knowledge and enjoy working as part of a team; you have a roll-up-your-sleeves mentality 
  • Always on top of your game: your espresso preparation, coffee brewing and milk skills are inspiring, as is your dedication to creating delightful hospitality experiences for customers and your fellow coworkers
  • The ability to work in a diverse and fast paced environment
  • An exceptional communicator both written and verbal
  • A self starter who fills time productively with limited supervision; Strong organizational and time management skills 
  • A dedicated team player, nimble, and supportive: you’re flexible and accommodating, you do what it takes to help others succeed; weekend availability strongly preferred 

  • Be able to reach, bend, stoop and frequently lift up to 50 pounds 
  • Food Handler’s Certificate, or ability to obtain one
  • Competitive Wages
  • Shift Meal; Employee Discounts at all Wise Sons locations
  • 100% paid for Employee Health Care
  • Access to Dental & Vision, Commuter Benefits, 401k Opportunities for growth!

Please apply with your resume and a brief note about your interest in the role.

Business Overview

Our Story

Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen is dedicated to building community through traditional Jewish comfort food. Founded in San Francisco's Mission District, Wise Sons pairs classic Jewish family recipes with the ingredients and culture that define California. With five locations (for now...) and a presence at multiple farmer's markets, we are a rapidly growing, nationally-recognized brand. And while we work hard to deliver on our core values - Quality, Cleanliness & Service - we always keep it fun!

We make nearly everything in house at Wise Sons, using the best ingredients we can source. Our pastrami & corned beef is made with beef brisket that is NEVER EVER administered hormones or antibiotics. It is brined in a proprietary blend of spices and the pastrami is smoked for nearly 7 hours over real hickory wood.

All of our baked goods are made at our offsite bakery kitchen. We offer real Jewish rye made with organic rye and we double bake multiple times daily for sandwiches. Our babka is filled with 62% bittersweet Guittard chocolate and lots of real butter. We serve organic, lusciously fatty smoked salmon paired with double whipped cream cheese and our own bagels, boiled in malt inflected water before being baked.

Team Size

51-100 team members


Culture & Perks

Health Benefits
Casual Dress
Daily Meals
Team Events
Work-life Balance
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