Baristas prepare and serve espresso coffee and other hot beverages to patrons in restaurants, cafes, coffee shops and dining establishments.

Duties & Tasks

Baristas may perform the following tasks:

  • prepare and serve a variety of coffees such as lattes, cappuccinos and other espresso-based beverages
  • clean and maintain coffee-making areas and espresso machines
  • select and grind coffee beans
  • collect payment, operate cash registers and give change
  • assist in stock control
  • maintain workplace hygiene, and follow occupational health and safety procedures.


Coffee Competitor

A coffee competitor baristas seeking a professional career in coffee making can enter coffee competitions to gain credibility in the field. Success in such competitions can lead to career opportunities as consultants for leading coffee companies.

Coffee Roaster

A coffee roaster coffee roasters are involved in the roasting process, which includes sorting, roasting, cooling, packaging and grinding green coffee beans.

Coffee Trainer

A coffee trainer highly skilled baristas may work for coffee roasting companies to train clients in making high quality coffee.

Head Barista

A head barista head baristas are responsible for developing and supervising the coffee making process to ensure the production of quality coffee.

Working Conditions

Baristas work in venues that are often busy and noisy. They usually work shifts, including early mornings, weekends, evenings and public holidays. Uniforms may be supplied by employers. To serve alcohol you must be at least 18 years of age.

Personal Requirements

  • good interpersonal and communication skills
  • good memory
  • able to work quickly and efficiently
  • enjoy working with people
  • good personal presentation
  • confidence in handling money
  • able to stand for long periods
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