Barista Job Description: Top Duties and Qualifications

A Barista, or Coffee Bar Attendant, is responsible for preparing and serving coffee and other beverages to customers in a coffee house or cafe. Their duties include working with other Baristas to help take orders, make drinks and provide timely service to customers.

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What does a Barista do?

Baristas are typically employed by  cafes, coffee houses or large cafe chains to help maintain the daily operations of their workplace. They work closely with other baristas and cafe staff to make coffee drinks as instructed by their employer and prepare food if served at their location. The Barista’s job is to engage with customers in a personable and service-oriented manner. They must also be able to make transactions by cash or credit and make drinks in the order they were purchased. 

Baristas may also need to spend extra time perfecting certain recipes and learning new ones to best serve their customers and represent their employer.

Barista Job Description Examples:



Barista / Cashier

Ganache Coffee Company is looking for a barista who is well spoken, energetic, enthusiastic, & a fast learner. We have a team-oriented work environment at our Brooklyn locations and need individuals who are motivated to excel and to educate customers about our products. We have full and part time positions available.


  • Gives excellent and friendly customer service

  • Accurate cash handling and operation of POS system

  • Stocking out pastries, cookies, etc. for sale. Restocking products as necessary

  • Provides high-level of coffee service during busy hours, includes making a variety of espresso and non-espresso drinks

  • Up keeping our high cleanliness standards, maintaining a clean and organized workstation

  • Must be able to work 8-hour shifts

  • Team player, flexible enough to pitch in where needed to get the job done

    Coffee experience and NYC Food Handler's Certification is a plus

    Job Types: Full-time, Part-time

    Job Types: Full-time, Part-time

    Salary: $15.00 to $16.00 /hour


  • coffee: 1 year (Preferred)

  • customer service: 1 year (Preferred)

  • cashier: 1 year (Preferred)

  • barista: 1 year (Preferred)

  • hospitality: 1 year (Preferred)

    Additional Compensation:

  • Tips

    Work Location:

  • One location


  • Flexible schedule

    Pay Frequency:

  • Weekly


  • Monday to Friday

  • No weekends

  • Weekends required

  • Holidays required

  • Day Night 8 hour 10 hour 12 hour Overnight Other
  • ×


    Starbucks Barista

    HMSHost proudly operating @ The Fresno Yosemite International Airport!


  • Free Meal during Shift

  • Free Parking Pass

  • Retirement Plan

  • Tuition Reimbursement

  • Sick time, Vacation time, and Holiday Pay

  • Comprehensive benefits including medical, dental, and vision care.

  • Opportunities for Career Advancement.

  • Plus more!

    The Starbucks Barista

  • is responsible for fulfilling orders and completing sales transactions within a Starbucks establishment and performing other support functions which may include cleaning the food preparation, customer seating or stock areas and maintaining inventory; performs all other responsibilities as directed by the business or as assigned by management.


  • Demonstrates the ability to interact with the public and coworkers in a friendly, enthusiastic and outgoing manner

  • Requires the ability to bend, twist, and stand to perform normal job functions

  • Requires the ability to speak, read and comprehend instructions, short correspondence and policy documents, as well as converse comfortably with customers

  • Requires the ability to learn and maintain knowledge of Starbuck's products and procedures

  • Some cash handling and customer service experience preferred

    About HMSHost

    Global restaurateur HMSHost is a world leader in creating dining for travel venues. HMSHost operates in more than 120 airports around the globe and at more than 100 travel plazas in North America. The company has annual sales of nearly $3.3 billion and employs more than 41,000 associates worldwide. HMSHost is a part of Autogrill Group, the world's leading provider of food & beverage services for people on the move. With sales of €4.6 billion in 2017, the group operates in 31 countries and employs over 58,000 people. It manages approximately 4,000 stores in about 1,000 locations worldwide. Visit for more information and connect with HMSHost on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


  • Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled
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  • Background checks will be required prior to beginning employment.


    Job Types: Full-time, Part-time

    Salary: $13.00 /hour


  • Customer Service: 1 year (Preferred)

  • Cash Handling: 1 year (Preferred)

    Work Location:

  • One location


  • Health insurance

  • Dental insurance

  • Retirement plan

  • Signing bonus

  • Paid time off

  • Flexible schedule

  • Tuition reimbursement

    Benefits offered:

  • Paid time off

  • Health insurance

  • Dental insurance

  • Retirement benefits or accounts

  • Employee Workplace perks such as food/coffee and flexible work Others
  • ×


    Established and expanding coffee company is looking for applicants with excellent customer service skills. High starting hourly pay with great incentives to preform at a high level. Cool work environment with potential to grow with the company. Drip Coffee Company provides the necessary job training. Please apply in person.

    Job Types: Full-time, Part-time

    Salary: $11.00 to $14.00 /hour

    Additional Compensation:

  • Tips

  • Bonuses

  • Store Discounts

    Work Location:

  • One location


  • None

    Pay Frequency:

  • Bi weekly or Twice monthly

    This Job Is Ideal for Someone Who Is:

  • Dependable -- more reliable than spontaneous

  • People-oriented -- enjoys interacting with people and working on group projects

  • Detail-oriented -- would rather focus on the details of work than the bigger picture

  • Achievement-oriented -- enjoys taking on challenges, even if they might fail

    This Company Describes Its Culture as:

  • Detail-oriented -- quality and precision-focused

  • Outcome-oriented -- results-focused with strong performance culture

  • Stable -- traditional, stable, strong processes

  • People-oriented -- supportive and fairness-focused

  • Team-oriented -- cooperative and collaborative

    This Job Is:

  • Open to applicants who do not have a high school diploma/GED

  • A good job for someone just entering the workforce or returning to the workforce with limited experience and education

  • Open to applicants who do not have a college diploma


  • Monday to Friday

  • Weekends required

  • Day shift

  • 8 hour shift

    Company's website:

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  • Barista duties and responsibilities

    Though Baristas are mainly responsible for making and serving beverages to customers, they can have other responsibilities. A Barista’s usual duties are:

    • Greeting customers in a friendly manner and taking food and drink orders
    • Preparing and serving beverages, ranging from simple to elaborate ones
    • Preparing and serving food items such as soups, sandwiches and pastries
    • Answering customers’ questions about menu choices
    • Promoting and recommending menu options to customers
    • Taking payment from customers
    • Maintaining inventory and equipment by cleaning, troubleshooting and scheduling repairs 
    • Keeping the work environment sanitary and organized
    • Evaluating and modifying processes to improve efficiency and quality of service  
    • Working to attract new customers and expanding the menu

    Barista skills and qualifications

    Baristas need a variety of skills to memorize drink recipes, learn how to operate equipment and provide efficient customer service. A good Barista should:

    • Listen well and communicate in a professional and friendly manner
    • Focus on customer satisfaction
    • Practice basic safety procedures with respect to equipment and handling hot beverages
    • Be efficient and organized 
    • Build good relationships with customers
    • Maintain a clean work environment
    • Keep supplies replenished to minimize downtime

    Barista salary expectations

    A Barista makes an average salary of $11.67 per hour. Pay rate may depend on level of experience, education and the geographical location.

    Barista education and training requirements

    The average employer does have any specific educational requirements for Baristas, though most prefer or require applicants have a high school diploma. Additional training is recommended for Baristas who will be working in particularly fast-paced or high-pressure environments, like popular coffee shops that serve hundreds of customers per day. Baristas can get specialized professional training at schools or online in order to improve their skills.

    Barista experience requirements

    The work experience required to be a Barista is usually minimal because most positions are considered entry-level, and many employers in the field hire trainees. However, for fast-paced or specialized positions, you might not want to do on-the-job training and could require applicants have some experience working as a Barista. If you prefer applicants have some basic knowledge of food handling and safety procedures, you might want to require previous experience working in food service.

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    Frequently asked questions about Baristas


    What is the difference between a Barista and a Bartender?

    The difference between a Barista and a Bartender includes the types of drinks they serve and the environments they work in. While Baristas work in coffee houses or cafes serving coffee drinks, Bartenders serve alcoholic beverages in bars in pubs. Due to the nature of the job, Bartenders typically need to be at least 18 years of age while Baristas can be as young as 16 years old.


    Who does a Barista report to?

    Baristas usually report to a Lead Barista or Cafe Manager. A Cafe Manager oversees the complete day-to-day operations of a coffee house including inventory, cleanliness and staff productivity. A Lead Barista may help train new Baristas and delegate tasks behind the counter to ensure that drinks are made correctly and efficiently. 


    What makes a good Barista?

    A good Barista is someone who has a combination of qualities that allow them to perform their job duties well. First, they should have a friendly and inviting personality. This is because they will be interacting directly with customers. They will also need to be able to use their friendly nature to navigate difficult customer situations. For example, if a customer complains about how their drink was made, you need a Barista who acknowledges their mistake and makes them another with a smile. 

    Further, Baristas should display a commitment to excellence when making coffee beverages. This ensures that they create quality drinks to maintain customer satisfaction and elevate your business. A good Barista should also have a great memory so they can complete specific recipes without error.


    What does a Barista do during a typical shift?

    A Barista typically begins work behind the counter in a coffee house. Depending on how many employees are on staff they may begin working at the cash register, greeting customers and taking orders. Following this, they will make drinks and place them on the counter for customers to pick up. They may also be responsible for bagging up food items and heating up dishes that the coffee house serves.

    Depending on the length of their shift, they may receive an allotted break period for lunch or dinner. During quiet periods, they may be responsible for cleaning up the dining area to maintain a nice, appealing place for customers to sit and enjoy their coffee.

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