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

Day-to-day Tasks

In this role you could:

  • prepare the coffee shop ready for opening
  • take customer orders and payments
  • grind fresh coffee beans
  • prepare and serve sandwiches and cakes
  • clean and tidy work areas, equipment and coffee machines
  • create displays of stock
  • do stock checks and order new stock
  • clean and tidy the coffee shop before closing

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • 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
  • the ability to work on your own
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • a good memory
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Industry Qualifications

Working as a barista doesn’t have to just be a job to get by whilst studying. It can truly take you all around the world! Most of the training in this industry will be on the job and then will be transferable within industries. You may even choose to enter the World Barista Championships!

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