What does a Barista do?

Baristas are responsible for making quality beverages, generally speciality hot drinks, preparing food orders, working the cash register, and cleaning and stocking the store. Baristas must do all of these tasks quickly and efficiently while also making sure to form good customer relationships.

Baristas typically need a high school diploma or equivalent. Additionally, baristas need to have strong English skills and must thrive in an environment that requires multi-tasking. The best baristas are dedicated to providing a high quality customer experience.

What responsibilities are common for Barista jobs?
  • Prepare and serve coffee and tea drinks that meet quality standards
  • Properly handle and maintain all equipment
  • Respond to orders, questions, concerns, and complaints in a polite and efficient manner
  • Accurately handle cash and credit card payments, following appropriate cash-handling procedures
  • Serve customers quickly and efficiently
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of all the menu offerings
  • Observe relevant health and safety standards
What are the typical qualifications for Barista jobs?
  • A high school diploma or general education degree (GED)
  • Retail, hospitality, and/or customer service experience preferred
  • Ability to read and speak English proficiently
  • Strong ability to multi-task
  • Basic mathematical skills
  • Ability to problem solve quickly
  • Strong customer service and communication skills
  • Ability to follow directions
Work/Life Balance
3.4 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.1 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Barista Salaries near United Kingdom

Average Base Pay

£78,217 /yr
Not including cash compensation
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Read what Barista professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
23.5 Degrees23.5 Degrees
11 Jul 2023

“the job is fun and the connections you build in a close team form great friendship”

Clean JuiceClean Juice
18 May 2022

“Everyone was patient and kind and I made so many friends throughout my time working here.”

Propeller CoffeePropeller Coffee
17 Jul 2022

“I was lucky to work under a highly attentive and versatile café manager during my time with Propeller.”

White Rock CoffeeWhite Rock Coffee
Barista/Shift Lead
2 Aug 2021

“$19 hourly but really your starting pay is minimum wage and the rest are tips.”

UC Santa CruzUC Santa Cruz
3 May 2022

“I worked with such amazing people and met new friends and all the customers were very nice and understanding.”

Starbucks Coffee CompanyStarbucks Coffee Company
Barista/Barista Trainer
23 Aug 2021

“They worked great with my changing schedule evert semester and had great benefits for only being part time.”

Scooter's CoffeeScooter's Coffee
8 Nov 2022

“I love working here the atmosphere is great and I love all the jobs I do”

21 Jan 2023

“Winter is a little better and our manager was nice enough to let us sit down when there weren’t any customers”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of baristas

A barista works in a coffee shop, taking orders and preparing drinks. They may also prepare and serve baked goods and other food items. The term refers to someone who has undergone training in espresso preparation, although most baristas make coffee and espresso-based beverages.

For those who enjoy interacting with people and staying busy, working as a barista is an appealing career option. Some of the best aspects of the role include a positive atmosphere and working with a team. Most baristas have a good work-life balance and can choose how much they want to work. Baristas can work full or part-time hours and earn without a lot of required qualifications or training.

The average base salary for a barista is £78,217 per year. More experienced baristas and those working in high-demand coffee shops may earn more. Baristas may also work up to becoming shift leads.

As with any job, there are some downsides of being a barista. For example, it requires standing for long hours and often starting early in the morning. Depending on the popularity of the coffee shop, the workplace may often be busy, particularly at peak times, which can be stressful.

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