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What is a barista?

A barista is someone who is specially trained in preparing coffee-based drinks, whether it be espresso-based or filter based. They are predominantly located in coffee shops. Baristas are knowledgeable in the complexities of coffee, its roasted blends, flavours and nuances. A barista should also be trained in ticket management, the speed of service and workflow. There is a lot more to the world of the barista than meets the eye – being highly competent in latte art is, in this day and age, a prerequisite.

Being a barista is no longer seen as a low paid, trade job, but instead a coffee sommelier, a master in the art of coffee. It is a career choice. They are essential to the success of any coffee shop.

What does a barista do?

The daily requirements of the job

Baristas are trained to develop and follow recipes for either their filter or espresso coffee, each recipe is designed to bring out the best flavour for that particular coffee – the requirements go far beyond being a good coffee maker. It is the role of the barista to create the perfect coffee for customers, something which they love to do. Their role often includes other jobs depending on the shop/café – generally, the barista is happy to do these if they are clearly labelled as part of their job from the outset. This is important as a lot of baristas are so passionate they do not want to move off the machine!

Baristas take pride in:

  • Their coffee knowledge
  • Drinks presentation
  • Building customer relationships
  • Generating new products and revenue for customers

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