Working as a Barista – A Career Perspective


Ever wondered how is like to be a Barista? Is their job merely making coffee, designing latte art, and selling pastry & confectionery? Is it really a simple job that does not require higher education?

Let’s begin by getting to know what ‘Barista’ means.

A barista (buh-ree-stuh; from the Italian for “bartender”) is a person, usually a coffee-house employee, who prepares and serves espresso-based coffee drinks. The word barista is an Italian word, and in Italian, a barista is a male or female “bartender”, who typically works behind a counter, serving both hot drinks (such as espresso), and cold alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, not a coffee-maker specifically.

Here’s a story in Malaysia.

Are we getting the proper perspective of this career? The video below will answer the question.

Is the Barista role really that important in the coffee making scene? Can we do away with them while still enjoying a wonderlicious cup of coffee? Allow the video below to explain.

In a nutshell, is being a Barista merely making coffee drinks in today’s context? No, it’s not so. Watch the video below to understand why.

At the end of the day, the coffee industry is still a service industry and dealing with customers is what it is.

In reality, different coffee shops have different emphasis and expectations from a Barista, below is a case in point.

As the industry matures, the world embraces it with a different attitude; there is such thing as “the world Barista championship” held annually. To me, it is fascinating to learn how the skills of a Barista is assessed to determine who is eligible for the title.

In the video below, you will catch a glimpse of the assessment’s expectation as the participant, a Korean displays his skills among the panel of judges. With a little digression in hand, pardon his language as it’s a bit difficult to follow him in this aspect of his presentation.

Remember our previous article, “Coffee & Romance?“, the K-drama series “First Shop of Coffee Prince (2007)”, it was my first exposure of the word “Barista”. How about you?

After much elaboration, what do you think of this career? appreciates the passion, generosity and contribution of others in the world of culinary. Therefore we wish to emphasize that many of the contents seen in our articles are sourced from the world wide web for the purpose of creating awareness only. Kudos to those who put so much effort to produce such wonderful contents. Thank you.


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