Job Description Template for Baristas

HigherMe has created the perfect barista job description template to make posting an open position quick and easy.

To create the perfect template:

  • Read the template replacing the words in square brackets
  • When you see [Option:] pick from the options that follow, the one that most accurately describe your job or restaurant.
  • Make sure you read every line and remove the points that do not apply to your restaurant.

Job Description [Create the image of an appealing workplace.]

Are you passionate about food and creating outstanding culinary experiences? People that work at [restaurant name] are known for their personality, drive, and passion! Are you looking for a place to work with [Option: flexible schedules, great discounts, legendary staff events and plenty of opportunities to learn and grow]? If so, we want to hear from you!

Barista Responsibilitie

  • Welcoming guests
  • Taking orders, making product recommendations to customers and processing transactions 
  • Communicating special requirements to the kitchen 
  • Organizing stock 
  • Preparing and serving specialty coffee drinks including espresso-based beverages
  • Acquiring product knowledge as it relates to recipe ingredients and potential allergens. 
  • Dialing-in and tasting espresso and coffees to ensure product quality 
  • Assisting with newer staff and helping to train on in-cafe routines 
  • General cleaning duties 

We hire great people, train them well and provide plenty of opportunities to learn and grow. We’re looking for energetic, team-oriented applicants who take pride in providing an outstanding food experience.

Salary: [add salary range here] per hour.


  • Overtime pay
  • Tips
  • Discounted or free food
  • Schedule adapted to your lifestyle
  • Many opportunities for advancement
  • Company events
  • ___% dining discounts?
  • Closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Christmas Day
  • ___ hours of paid sick time every year
  • A separate PTO accrual for vacation time
  • $___ referral bonuses
  • Medical, Dental & Vision insurance
  • Life insurance policy
  • Disability policy
  • Access to an Employee Assistance Program


  • Understanding of great customer service and able to provide it
  • Ability to work calmly and keep composure during busy moments
  • Welcoming and friendly demeanor
  • Ability to multitask
  • Detail oriented
  • A desire to help out and be a team player
  • Be able to work standing up for multiple hours in a row
  • Candidates must understand the importance of taking initiative and have a smart work ethic
  • Candidates must adhere to and respect the dress code
  • Flexibility with shifts
  • Required education: High school or equivalent


  • [Option: Part-time, Full-time]
  • [Option: Day shift, night shift]
  • [Option: 8 hour shift, 10 hour shift, 12 hour shift]


Apply Today [Encourage your potential applicants to reach out.]

We’d love to meet you in person, contact the location to ask about the times available for open interviews or submit your application by Applying Now.

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What Should a Beginner Barista Know?

To be successful, Beginner baristas should know basic coffee making skills. Brewing methods, such as drip versus French press, should be known by anyone starting a barista career.

Baristas should also know how to grind coffee beans, both using a machine and using a mortar and pestle by hand. Frothing milk is also a skill that seems deceptively simple to learn. However, it’s far too easy to accidentally “over froth” the milk, putting too much air in and ruining the drink. Competent baristas avoid these types of mistakes.

Cleaning and maintaining coffee brewing equipment can also be tricky. Machines disassemble in a specific way for cleaning, and the barista must know exactly how to clean the equipment thoroughly.

Baristas must make certain drinks hundreds of times per day. So, they should know those drinks by heart. Making an espresso, for instance, should be second nature to them, and making lattes should be effortless.

Customer service skills should be ingrained in the competent barista. All baristas have dealt with harried customers. However, successful employees call upon patience to deal with trying situations.

Clear communication will also help, especially when the barista is dealing with teammates, along with customers. Baristas work in teams, and solid teamwork is necessary for success, as teammates assist in multitasking, which is vital for the position. During all this activity, the barista must be able to manage stress. Keeping a cool head in these situations is vital.

How Long Should Barista Training Last?

Barista training typically lasts about two weeks. While some employers pay for training, others expect the employee to participate in unpaid training. Depending upon the employer, some baristas undergo additional training.

Baristas may also undergo training at specialized institutions and may receive accreditation.

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