Barista

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Baristas make and serve coffee in shops, cafés, coffee shops and restaurants.
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What does a barista do?

Baristas make and serve coffee in shops, cafés, coffee shops and restaurants. You’ll need excellent communication and customer service skills for this role, as you’ll be dealing with a variety of customers. You’ll be working indoors, usually to a shift pattern. 


What do I need to do to become a barista?

You do not need any specific qualifications to become a barista, though customer service, retail experience or catering and hospitality experience are highly desirable.

A course in hospitality and catering, for example, would provide some useful experience. It may also be possible to start work through an apprenticeship.


Related skills

  • Teamwork
  • Patience
  • Communication
  • Attention to detail
  • Customer service

Related subjects

  • English
  • Food technology

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