Barista

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How much does a Barista make in the United States?

Average base salary
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20.7k salaries reported, updated at Jul 06, 2020
$11.63
per hour
The average salary for a barista is $11.63 per hour in the United States and $17.00 tips per day.
Additional compensation
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Tips
$17.00
per day
Most common benefits
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible schedule
  • Commuter assistance
  • Wellness program
  • AD&D insurance
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What does a Barista do?

A barista is the main person behind the counter at a coffee shop who prepares espresso-based beverages and other various coffee drinks. Baristas promote coffee consumption by engaging and educating customers. Baristas play an essential role in running a coffee business and possess valuable customer service skills.

Working as a Barista

  • Having a friendly attitude with customers and assisting them with the different types of drinks on the coffee shop menu
  • Learning a variety of coffee recipes such as lattes, espressos, and cappuccinos
  • Knowing how to maintain and operate brewing equipment, such as a coffee bean grinder and espresso machine
  • Helping to keep up the efficiency of the coffee shop by managing inventory and maintaining the functionality of beverage machines with regular repairs
  • Making sure all ingredients and food supply are readily available for purchase and consumption by customers
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What makes the role of a barista so important?

Having a good barista is essential to the success of a coffee shop. Baristas can boost the reputation of a coffee shop, make signature coffee drinks, build relationships with customers and provide recommendations based on familiarity with customer preferences.

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Where did the term barista come from originally?

"Barista" is an Italian word that, in Italy, refers to a general server of drinks, including alcohol. In the United States, "barista" is the title for someone who only makes and serves coffee.

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