What does a Cafe Assistant 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.

  • 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
  • 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
3.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.2 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Cafe Assistant Salaries

Average Base Pay

£18,147 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: £18K
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Cafe Assistant Career Path

Learn how to become a Cafe Assistant, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

Assistant Barista
Senior Barista
Leader of Store
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Cafe Assistant Insights

Read what Cafe Assistant professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
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.”

29 Dec 2019

“If you're thick skinned and love people than you'll have a great time.”

Barista - Starbucks
1 Dec 2020

“Great benefits and enjoyed the free bag of coffee each week and discount on merchandise.”

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.”

Barista - Starbucks
14 May 2020

“Working at starbucks provided great training and really help you feel comfortable at the job!”

Peet's CoffeePeet's Coffee
25 Feb 2021

“The only upside is my co workers are fun and I've made a lot of friends here.”

Dunn Bros CoffeeDunn Bros Coffee
22 Jun 2021

“My starting pay was 10.50 and I didnt get tips until after done training which was hard financially.”

7 Sep 2019

“— it was always so much fun and such an amazing learning opportunity to become the best you can be.”

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