Barista

Job Description:

Baristas make and serve coffee in cafes, coffee shop chains, restaurants and hotels.

Job Category:
Tourism, Hospitality & Entertainment

What you will do:

You’ll be responsible for serving customers and making up their orders. Your role is to make sure that customers enjoy their food and drink in a pleasant environment.

Your day-to-day duties might include:

  • preparing the coffee shop ready for opening
  • taking customer orders and payments
  • grinding fresh coffee beans
  • preparing and serving sandwiches and cakes
  • cleaning and tidying work areas, equipment and coffee machines
  • creating displays of stock
  • doing stock checks and ordering new stock
  • cleaning and tidying the coffee shop before closing

Skills:

You’ll need:

  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

As well as:

  • customer service skills
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • the ability to sell products and services
  • the ability to work well with others (teamwork)
  • the ability to work on your own
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • a good memory
  • the ability to work well with your hands
Illustration of employee looking at workspace

Entry Requirements:

There are no set requirements. You may find it useful to have:

  • school qualifications in English and maths
  • experience of working in customer service or catering environment

You could complete a college qualification in a subject like food safety or hospitality and catering, but this isn’t essential.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

Working Hours and Environment:

You’ll work between 35 and 40 hours a week, full time. Part-time opportunities are often available.

You’ll usually work on a shift pattern to cover early morning and late evening opening hours.

You may also need to work some weekends and bank holidays.

The role can be physically demanding so you’ll need to be reasonably fit. The environment can be busy, hot and noisy.

Some employers will provide you with a uniform.

Career Path & Progression:

With experience, you could become a store manager and then move on to a regional manager role.

You could also become self-employed and set up your own coffee shop.