Jobs in Coffee Shops & Cafes

Coffee is a universally loved drink. Sure you have people who don’t like coffee, but you also have people who aren’t nice to begin with, so there. This bitter beverage is the choice drink for people who suffer from a consistent case of the Mondays, or people like myself who think that there should be a law against having to wake up before noon. With how many varieties, mixtures, and types of coffee there are in the world, it’s no wonder coffee shop jobs have become increasingly popular.

This bitter beverage is the choice drink for people who suffer from a consistent case of the Mondays, or people like myself who think that there should be a law against having to wake up before noon. With how many varieties, mixtures, and types of coffee there are in the world, it’s no wonder coffee shop jobs have become increasingly popular.

Starbucks ShopWho wouldn’t want to become a master of mixing the finest tasting hot and iced drinks that the Earth has offered us? I actually had a stint as a barista and while I found myself constantly referencing the massive dictionary of drink recipes, I won’t deny that I had a great time in that position.

So, what kind of opportunities are out there for people who want to craft coffee, Danishes, and other fancy foods? With how popular the industry has become, it turns out there’s a lot of opportunity to go around.

Coffee Shops & Cafes: Employment Forms and Career Details

As it turns out, there are a lot of coffee shops out there. Before we delve into the types of positions you can expect to find in your job search, let’s see what companies are out there. Some of these you may have heard of, others you not have heard of. These are all reputable chains though. As much as I love a quiet little coffee shop that also has a bar and a tea room, we’re focusing on the larger enterprises that tend to hire far more often.

Here are some examples. Be sure to click the link for each company for an in-depth examination of their hiring process:

Starbucks
Dunkin’ Donuts
– Einstein Bros. Bagels
– Krispy Kreme
Panera Bread

These are just a few of the companies we’ve featured, so be sure to keep an eye out for more additions. In the meantime, we need to find out what kind of jobs you can expect to find at a coffee shop.

Example Positions & Salary Information

1. Barista

This is a common position in coffee shops like Starbucks, where you prepare coffee and other drinks via recipes that you have on hand. Many customers request custom drinks which you’ll need to recall as you prepare them.

Customer service and some cashiering may also be a part of your daily duties. A barista can make anywhere from minimum wage, to $9.00 an hour depending on the company and how much tenure they have.

2. Baker

As a baker or a cook in a coffee shop you’ll work in the kitchen preparing, cooking, and displaying food items. Pairing a coffee with a pastry or a donut is a classic practice and many places like Dunkin’ Donuts and Krispy Kreme run their business off of this model.Coffee Shop/CafeIn this position, you will also maintain health and cleanliness standards. Baker’s salary starts around minimum wage but they can make up to $36,000 a year in some cases.

Working in these coffee shop jobs can be extremely fun and rewarding. It’s fast paced, but equally fun and allows you to flex your creativity as you craft custom beverages. Be sure to check out our in-depth articles on the various coffee shop franchises, cafes, and espresso bars where you can start a rewarding career.