What is it like working as a Barista?
Barista in Kansas City:
"Perks of Serving Coffee."
Pros: You are selling people something they already want, that they came to you for. It's beautiful, it's delicious, it's mildly addictive; people love it. People are for the most part thankful for your existence. You also are able to observe people, have conversations, and see a little bit of their lives.
Cons: Most people don't realize that we are good at our job. We know how much has to be done, in what order, and how quickly, but all the customer thinks is that they didn't get their coffee immediately, even though there were 5 people that each ordered three drinks and food right before them.
Barista in New Orleans:
Pros: Making people happy. The look on their face when you perfect their coffee is simply amazing. It's like a light in a dark tunnel.
Cons: Pay. I don't think we get paid enough for being part of a 4 star restraunt.
Barista in Fort Wayne:
"I like it."
Pros: Making smoothies, cutting fruits, peeling fruits, making juices, and working the cash register is really fun. I like working with my coworkers, and providing great customer service for the regulars. I like the flexibility. I like the mostly calm work environment. I like the perks.
Cons: I cut myself a lot peeling and slicing which hurts. I make minimum wage; and sometimes I don't like talking to others. I also want more hours. This last week, I had one shift of four hours, and my boss told me that business was slow, and she wanted me to go home after my second hour which meant I had worked two hours that week. Finally, sometimes too many people come in at once, and that is really stressful because my coworker does not even ask if I need help with making the numerous smoothies.