Being a Barista and the best jobs for you

What Is A Barista?

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Barista meaning and Barista Background

The word Barista is an Italian word meaning ‘Bartender’. It refers to someone who works behind a counter serving hot drinks such as espresso coffee, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks.

Nowadays a barista prepares and serves espresso using a commercial espresso machine for customers of café’s, coffee shops, restaurants and other food and drink venues.
Experienced baristas have coffee knowledge and serve espresso coffee. They are skilled at customer service serving hot and coffee based drinks.

Barista Skills, Barista Job Description and specification / duties and responsibilities
  • Operate a commercial espresso coffee machine
  • Choose the coffee mix
  • Grind the coffee beans and extract the coffee
  • Prepare and pull the shot of coffee
  • Prepares and serves espresso based coffees such as flat white, latte, cappuccino, espresso, macchiato and other coffee based beverage
  • Be skilled at frothing and pouring
  • Prepare coffee for dairy intolerant customers using almond milk
  • Present coffees with varying degrees of latte art
  • Prepare drip or press pot coffee
  • Keep their workspace and espresso machine clean, tidy, hygienic and well presented
  • Greet customers
  • Handle customer money and operate the cash register
  • Operate the venue ordering system
  • Stock contro

Espresso coffee machines can be automated or manual. Successfully pulling a shot of Espresso coffee can at times be a difficult process so a barista who is skilled in this is highly regarded and sought after.

Coffee Baristas are usually most busy in the morning and usually work in busy environments. Work is on weekdays, weekends and public holidays.

Barista Vs Chef

While a barista prepares coffee and non-alcoholic beverages, a chef prepares food for customers.

Personal requirements
  • A Barista needs to be friendly, enjoy working with people and have the ability to-
  • Work under pressure
  • Work fast
  • Communicate well with others
  • Maintain a cheerful attitude under pressure
  • Remember orders
  • Prepare various types of beverages quickly
  • Stay on their feet for an entire shift

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How to become a Barista

You don’t need formal qualifications to work as a barista, however there are a number of courses to get a barista license to become qualified to work as a barista-

  • Online Barista course
  • Accredited Barista course
  • Certificate for Barista
  • Qualification in hospitality (certificate III in hospitality)

There is constant demand for Baristas. If you would like to work in a licensed venue then you should obtain your Responsible Service of Alcohol certificate (RSA).

When you are an experienced barista you have the opportunity to become a supervisor or manager.

Barista pay rate

The typical wage for a barista-

  • Average weekly wage – Around $1200
  • Demand for your skills – always in demand
  • Average hours worked – 42
  • Gender split – Male 71%, Female 29%
  • Age – from 15-over 65 years old

Part time barista salary is negotiable between the barista and the venue. This is the minimum wage for a barista.

What to wear to a barista interview

The interview is where your future employer will form their first impression about you so dress to impress. Dressing comfortably but slightly conservatively in business attire is best. Wearing clothes that are too casual will give the wrong impression. For example, avoid sleeveless tops. Wear a shirt or blouse.

Bartender Hair and makeup are obviously important because your future employer will take note of these. If you have long hair, tie it up in a french roll/ bun style with minimum hair accessories. Your makeup should be neatly applied.

Conduct yourself in the interview in a professional confident manner. Maintain a good posture, smile, hold eye contact with the interviewer and shake hands firmly when you meet them.

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