Make coffee and espresso quickly and consistently.

Quick Stats

Very Good

Salary Range
$16,000 – $25,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Barista do?

If rattling off the tall order; a triple-grande-nonfat-no-whip-extra-hot-hazelnut-flavored mocha doesn’t leave you tongue-tied then let’s face it, you are already a Barista in the making. A Barista is the face and personality of any coffee establishment. As a Barista, you are a Bartender of sorts and with that, customers expect you to nail their coffee drink orders quickly, efficiently, and consistently every time.

Everyday, whether you’re greeting the early birds or late night studiers you’ll make sure that you are prepared for your first order. This includes making sure that all your coffee equipment runs smoothly and that you’ve got all the right supplies on hand; the right coffee, the right grind, the right cups and saucers, and inside knowledge of how to create different espresso drinks.

Your customers might be intimidated by the variety of beans sold, or by the tricked-out coffee machine making their drink. This is where your expertise as a coffee Sommelier comes into practice: You help guide your customers through their choices (how is a cappuccino different than a latte?) to make their experience a pleasant, perhaps even indulgent one.

There will be lulls and highs to your working day and when customer traffic slows down you take care of the housekeeping duties around your station and coffee house, like cleaning the coffee and espresso machines, and checking and replenish supplies.

Should I be a Barista?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Baristum, Coffee Brewer, Coffee Maker, Coffee-Urn Attendant

    How to become a Barista

    Barista generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Barista-related education!
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