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How To Become A Barista

Ever dreamt of becoming a barista? Look no further.

Whether you have had a little bit of experience or have no experience and would like to become a full-time barista, it is possible. There are around 150,000 baristas in the UK and reports have shown that this number is only going to increase in the coming years, as more coffee shops open up to meet the demand.

There are many different kinds of coffee shops which you can work for, from small independent businesses to market leaders such as Starbucks or Costa. Universities and colleges often have their own coffee shops and many large companies require baristas for their in-house stores. There are many different routes you can take to start your career.

Learn how to become a full-time barista

Here are some top tips

If you want to become a barista there are a number of ways to go about this. We have listed four top tips below to help you become a full-time barista:

  • Work your way up. Start as floor staff and learn as you go. Usually, a floor staff position doesn’t require any experience and if you show drive and competence whilst making your employer aware you’re willing to learn, it won’t be long before you get some time on the espresso machine.
  • Work for free. This might sound a bit daft, but if you offer your time up in return for training on the espresso station in a quality specialty coffee shop, you will learn a lot very quickly. You will be able to practice and can take those skills elsewhere. You could also be the first person considered if there are any job openings.
  • Apply to new coffee shops. Look out for positions with brand new coffee businesses that are offering Barista Training. Some employers prefer a blank slate, so keep your eyes peeled and read the job requirements section carefully.
  • Teach yourself the basics. Watch as many Barista training videos on YouTube as you can, attend courses and/or tastings to develop your understanding of coffee.