How to be a Starbucks barista

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How to be a Starbucks barista
Steps on how to become a Stabucks barista (Wavebreakmedia Ltd/Wavebreak Media/Getty Images)

Working in a laid-back coffee shop atmosphere may seem like a stress-free, relaxing job, but it takes a lot of work behind the counter to be a successful barista. Starbucks baristas are expected to have extensive knowledge of the coffee they sell and make as well as a friendly, accommodating demeanour. Brooke Locascio of said new hires (or partners) must study a training manual and pass written exams before moving into hands-on training.

Things you need

  • Access to a Starbucks/internet
  • Proper form of identification
  • Starbucks training manual

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  1. 1

    Ask for a barista application at a local Starbucks. You can also apply online at:>

  2. 2

    Bring a driver's license or other form of identification such as birth certificate or passport when you fill out the application.

  3. 3

    If you are accepted as a barista, study the training material thoroughly.

  4. 4

    Pass the written exam.

Tips and warnings

  • Baristas are expected to know first-hand the ins and outs of the different coffees they make and sell. In order to do this, employees must sample each brand to understand the various tastes and be able to adequately describe the flavours to customers. An appreciation for different coffees is a necessity.

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