A few weeks ago I wrote a post on the unexpected, less glamorous side of becoming a barista. As promised, I wanted to share the absolute best parts of the job for those who are interested in working at their local cafe!
You learn a city FAST
I like working at a cafe when I move to a new city because I get to learn all of the local favorites quickly. Regulars are not afraid to give you a list of the best spots in town. It also gives you a sense of what the community is like if you are still deciding on an apartment.
You will make friends
My co-workers have always been nothing but nice and I’ve made some of my best friends through the job. It’s a great way to find a group quickly because they often hang out outside of work as well. I’ve also become friends with regulars because you literally see them every morning, five days a week.
Okay this is probably the best perk. It’s true that at most coffee shops you get free shift drinks. At both cafes I worked at we got free drip coffee all the time and one specialty drink per shift. At the first cafe, we also got free pound coffee bags if we worked enough hours. Definitely saves on some cash!
You always walk out with $
Speaking of cash, most cafes have a tip jar and you will usually walk out with a few dollars. At one cafe I was making $20-$30 dollars a day in the mornings and closer to $5 in the evenings. It may not seem like much but it adds up quickly and is great to use for meals or gas money.
You’re never bored
I’m the type of person that can’t sit at a desk so I love running around all day. There’s always something to do or someone to talk to so I was rarely checking my watch to see what time the shift ended.
You gain useful skills
I learned everything from how to countdown a register, to how to mop the most efficiently. Of course learning the techniques of the craft us much more fun, but these skills come in handy in other aspects of your life. I could work essentially any customer service oriented job with the skills I learned as a barista and that is nice to have in your back pocket.
Let me know if you’ve ever worked in coffee and what you enjoyed about it! 🙂