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Barista

A fast-paced career for coffee lovers.
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What's it like to be a Barista?

Baristas prepare, make and serve coffee-based drinks. They usually work in coffeehouses, cafes and restaurants. Baristas combine their love of coffee with the thrill of working in a fast-paced customer service role.

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Tasks and duties

  • Understanding coffee and coffee making techniques.
  • Making coffee and other coffee-based drinks.
  • Keeping equipment clean and operating.
  • Educating staff on coffee and training them how to use the equipment in order to ensure the coffee-making standards are always high.
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How to become a Barista


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You don’t need a formal qualification to become a Barista. Short courses are available to help you gain basic skills, and on-the-job training is usually provided.

  1. Complete a short TAFE course to learn the basics of coffee-making and using a coffee machine, such as Prepare and serve espresso coffee. You could also consider completing a Food Handling Certificate (Level 1) if you intend on serving food to customers.
  2. Alternatively, many cafes will offer one-the-job training to new baristas.
  3. After many years of experience and additional business training, you could consider opening your own cafe.

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Food Handling Certificate (Level 1)

This certification will help you meet the legal requirements to handle and prepare food.

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Certificate III in Hospitality

This certificate prepares you for a career in the hospitality industry and for roles in restaurants, hotels and cafes.
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Certificate II in Hospitality

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Working hours for Baristas
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Projected job growth

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Latest Barista reviews

Latest reviews from 66 Baristas surveyed on SEEK
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May 2021
Barista is a friendly and loving job with its ups and downs.
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Psychological Science
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Barista
The good things
Being a barista can either be really rewarding or the complete opposite. It’s not a job for everyone and people who really enjoy the company from others would find this very satisfying. I have been wo...
The challenges
Of course there is challenges. First time starting in this role you have to start from scratch and learn everything. That takes time. And it helps to ask questions when unsure. Soon you’ll get the ha...
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May 2021
See you community in a new way, everyone drinks coffee after all
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Hospitality
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Section Manager
The good things
You will get to foster good relationships with regular customers, and see many different sides to your local community. For a person that strives for excellence in a repetitive task, or enjoys repeti...
The challenges
Like all customer service roles, customer experience comes first. Many customers don't intend to engage with staff or community, they just want to keep their head down and get back to their day. For...
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