Barista | Selby College
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Baristas make and serve coffee in cafes, coffee shop chains, restaurants and hotels.

Potential salary

£8,000 to £20,000

Employment by 2024


Working hours

40 to 42 variable

  • the ability to work well with others
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • customer service skills
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • the ability to work on your own
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • a desire to help people
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Your day-to-day duties might include:

  • preparing the coffee shop ready for opening
  • taking customer orders and payments
  • grinding fresh coffee beans
  • preparing and serving sandwiches and cakes
  • cleaning and tidying work areas, equipment and coffee machines
  • creating displays of stock
  • doing stock checks and ordering new stock
  • cleaning and tidying the coffee shop before closing

You may need to wear a uniform.

You could work in a coffee shop.

Your working environment may be noisy and hot.

With experience, you could become a store manager and then move on to a regional manager role.

You could also become self-employed and set up your own coffee shop.

You can find out more about becoming a barista from the Hospitality Guild.

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