Flexibility: High

Social Engagement: High

What’s What: Want to meet the regulars while you get your perfect perk on? Serving coffee isn’t just for sitcoms—it’s serious business!

Amava Take: You know you love that smell. And it’s kinda fun to see who orders what. Plus, there’s an art to making a perfect cup of coffee. Or chai. Or an iced whatchamacallit. Coffee shops are integral to almost every town. The landmark, the meeting place, the hub. So, if you’re looking for a flexible job that gets you out there meeting people in your community while you make some money, be a barista!

From the Front Lines:

What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these jobs?

People with open, friendly attitudes!

Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?

Don’t panic, ask! There’s always someone on the team to help you.

What’s a typical daily schedule like?

Rise and grind! Or work a later shift. We need people before we open (early) and after we close (late)!

From the Trenches:

What’s the most satisfying part of the job?

You never know who you’re going to have a great conversation with.

How would you describe the hard parts?

Rush hour! But once you realize that most people understand they aren’t the only ones waiting on their beverage, you learn to stay zen.

What’s the most elaborate coffee order you’ve ever taken?

That would be a matcha latte with half oat milk, half almond milk and two shots of espresso. What?

Special Requirements: The entry requirements are few—just a passion for coffee and tea, a great work ethic and a willingness to learn the ins and outs of the place you end up at. Here’s more than you need to know: The Balance Careers – Barista

Finding a Position: You can walk into your local coffee place and fill out an application or look on job boards. They seem to be always hiring! Here are some tips about getting started as a barista. If you want to start at an internationally recognized chain, you can go right to the source. If you’re hoping for something more Mom & Pop, try Craigslist in your area. And here’s some fun reading on the topic of being a barista.