How To Become a Barista
What a chef is for a restaurant, a barista is for a cafe. Baristas play a central role in any cafe. But how do you become a barista? Is there just one path that everybody follows? Or are there many ways to get there?
Experienced head baristas and trainers share their experience and advice with you in this video - Produced by Marcus Lindblad and Max Meldau, featuring Laurie Holmes, Cameron Horsley, Michele Papa and Luca Melidoro at Sonoma, Bake Bar and Barista Basics - Music 'Broke For Free - Something Elated' from the digital album 'Something EP' released 8 July 2011 - brokeforfree.com
Max - How can we become a barista? Where do we start? Let's ask. (Turns to Laurie) How did you become a barista?
Laurie - I started at school. Essentially we opened a cafe for students and staff alike.
Cameron - I started as a barista when I got a job at my local movie cinema - at HOYTS.
Michele - At first, I was a waiter. I started being a waiter in a cafe.
Laurie - I did a barista course from there and then basically practiced on students and staff.
Cameron - They got me behind the machine. They trained me up.
Michele - I went to do a course. I started pouring milk and then putting some shots.
Laurie - Finally here I am 10 years later at Sonoma.
Max - How should I get started as a barista?
Laurie - My advice to you would be quite simply just go down to a local cafe and start at an entry level position, so running the food and the coffee or maybe washing dishes.
Michele - There are two different ways to become a barista. The first one is to take a course. You can learn the basic skill of pouring and making coffee. The second choice is to start in a quiet coffee shop.
Laurie - Just make sure you look for a cafe where it's an open collaborative environment.
Michele - The team will start to teach you the base.
Laurie - Get the barista there to slowly but surely train you to become a barista and overtime you'll be one yourself.
Max - So, doing a barista course and on the job training seems like a great way to get started. See you next time!