In the last ten years, a thriving coffee culture has spread well beyond the American coffee centers of Seattle, New York, and Los Angeles and is quickly moving in every city and county throughout the United States.
Globally, the need to great coffee is everywhere you find people. Chances are that you or someone you know has had a cup of coffee this morning. That’s because the popularity of coffee, including specialty coffee, is really transforming cities and the way people socialize in big cities and small towns.
The question is: who is going to serve all this coffee? Well, for the most part, the answer is those skilled baristas are behind the coffee bars. These skilled coffee experts with their knowledge and expertise perfect each cup they serve.
Here are a few reasons why becoming a barista is really a smart move in today’s economy.
Flexible schedule – Whether you want to serve coffee full time or part time, baristas often have flexible schedules which allow them to hold a couple of jobs or work and go to school at the same time. The ability to work early morning shifts, weekend shifts, and afternoon shifts makes planning out their week, month, or semester easier to some.
Potentially Good Pay – While all baristas don’t make high hourly wages, many of them do. Many baristas get paid their state’s minimum wage or near there. Where they get more money is through tips of their patrons. Some baristas can make up to $40 an hour with tips in some busy locations along with their minimum base pay. Of course the pay varies on several factors including the amount of traffic or business a café gets, whether or not tipping is encouraged, and whether baristas do their part in making the customer feel special and unique.
Socializing – Baristas spend much of their talking to their customers. What’s the latest community news? What’s the weather going to be like today? These small and seemingly insignificant “chit chat” can have a big impact and leave an impression with customers. People who like to talk to others and socialize on a daily basis with friends and strangers will have a great time being a barista.
Drinking Great Coffee – If you are a barista, most likely you will like coffee. What better way to experiment and try your choice of espresso drinks than by being a barista? It’s no secret that baristas, on average, drink much more coffee their non-baristas. It’s part passion, part curiosity, and part trying out your craft. Nevertheless Baristas can have a great time drinking a variety of coffee drinks that they will probably love.
Transferable Skills – Great baristas are needed everywhere. If you plan to move to a new city or a different state, and will be searching for a job. Then being a barista has its benefits because you can transfer your skills and coffee knowledge to another café. That means, you never have to worry about finding another job quickly when you are transitioning from one place to the other.