Barista Job Description Template

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Job Brief

We are looking for a Barista to prepare and serve hot and cold beverages, including various types of coffee and tea.

Barista responsibilities include educating customers on our drinks menu, making recommendations based on their preferences, up-selling special items and taking orders. To be successful in this role, you should have customer service skills and knowledge of how brewing equipment operates. You should also be able to work various shifts. Note: this position’s compensation includes salary and tips.

Ultimately, you’ll ensure an excellent drinking experience for our guests.


  • Greet customers as they enter
  • Give customers drink menus and answer their questions regarding ingredients
  • Take orders while paying attention to details (e.g. preferences of coffee blend, dairy and sugar ratios)
  • Prepare beverages following recipes
  • Serve beverages and prepared food, like cookies, pastries and muffins
  • Receive and process payments (cash and credit cards)
  • Keep the bar area clean
  • Maintain stock of clean mugs and plates
  • Check if brewing equipment operates properly and report any maintenance needs
  • Comply with health and safety regulations
  • Communicate customer feedback to managers and recommend new menu items


  • Previous work experience as a Barista or Waiter/Waitress
  • Hands-on experience with brewing equipment
  • Knowledge of sanitation regulations
  • Flexibility to work various shifts
  • Basic math skills
  • Ability to gauge customers’ preferences
  • Excellent communication skills
  • High school diploma; relevant training is a plus

What does Barista do?

A barista is responsible for making and serving various coffee-based beverages to customers. On a day-to-day basis, a barista typically performs the following tasks:

  1. Preparing espresso shots: A barista must properly grind coffee beans, measure the appropriate amount, and use an espresso machine to extract espresso shots.

  2. Making specialty drinks: Baristas create a variety of specialty drinks such as lattes, cappuccinos, macchiatos, and mochas by adding steamed milk, flavored syrups, and frothed milk.

  3. Taking customer orders: Baristas interact with customers, take orders, and make recommendations based on customers' preferences.

  4. Operating coffee equipment: They are responsible for operating and maintaining coffee equipment such as espresso machines, coffee grinders, and milk frothers.

  5. Managing inventory: Baristas are responsible for ensuring that ingredients, coffee beans, milk, and other supplies are well-stocked and maintaining proper inventory levels.

  6. Cleaning and maintaining the store: They clean and sanitize the coffee bar area, coffee machines, and utensils to maintain good hygiene and quality.

  7. Handling transactions: Baristas handle cash registers and process payments from customers.

  8. Providing customer service: Baristas create a welcoming and friendly atmosphere by engaging with customers and providing exceptional service.

  9. Learning about coffee: They stay up to date with new coffee trends, brewing techniques, and coffee knowledge to provide the best coffee experience to customers.

These are some general tasks, but the specific duties of a barista may vary depending on the establishment and its coffee offerings.