Barista training - when the passion for specialty coffee becomes your profession
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Surely you know what a barista does. That's right, making delicious coffee, ideally with a nice pattern of milk froth. There is even a little more behind the job title barista. But what actually makes a barista? Does the classic barista training exist? And how much salary can you expect as a barista?
I'm sure you have them too. Your favorite barista in the coffee shop next door. She sweetens your morning when she knows without words what you want to drink and serves you your oat milk cappuccino with a smile.
The title barista comes from Italian and actually simply means a bartender. "Barista" is used for both male and female employees. In the plural, men are “Baristi” and women are “Bariste” – in Italian, in the plural, you can tell the gender by the ending. In German it is simply "Baristas".
You have the ability to create a moment of pleasure for everyone from coffee beans. That's a beautiful calling. Compared to other gastronomy jobs, you don't earn that badly as a barista. Especially in recent years, they are also in great demand, highly coveted and contested. Because since the pandemic, not so many trained staff want to work in the catering industry.
A minus point regarding salary - like any salary in the catering industry, that of a barista also depends on tips. In cafés, where the focus is primarily on specialty coffee and less on food, there is often a little less activity in the tip box.
But what is an industry standard barista salary?
Like many hospitality jobs, barista pay is considered mediocre. Nevertheless, you still earn the minimum wage here and often receive tips. Depending on your employer, you can expect a barista salary of between €2,200 and €2,500 per month. Your salary depends on various factors. Employment opportunities for baristas are varied, from intimate, cozy cafes to more upscale coffee bars. Sometimes there are salary differences.
Did you know that in Australia baristas are sometimes considered real stars? People come to coffee shops just to have their coffee made by a certain barista.
First of all, barista training does not exist. Barista is not a recognized training occupation. This means that in Germany everyone can call themselves a barista, even without barista training or a barista course. But there are different and also very renowned courses for baristas.
The Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) offers comprehensive barista training with the Coffee Diploma System. Here you can learn what a good barista needs in six disciplines and three levels of difficulty. The IHK also offers courses for baristas: here the coffee sommelier is called:in. This is what you can expect from barista training or various coffee courses:
Coffee theory : types of coffee, history of coffee, etc.
Green coffee and cultivation : Coffee cultivation, from harvest to processing
Sensory Skills : Essential barista vocabulary and coffee tasting knowledge
Roasting : physical and chemical knowledge, dark vs. light roasting
Barista Skills : brewing the perfect espresso, latte art
Of course, the content and scope of different barista courses varies greatly. From short introductory seminars to specialist knowledge such as decaffeination and the various brewing methods, everything is included.
When choosing your barista training, you should know what you want.
Do you like specialty coffee and want to expand your knowledge about coffee and latte art? Some of our partner roasters offer various barista courses for barista beginners and experienced baristas.
Barista training is not traditional professional training, but all hobby and professional baristas have the opportunity to constantly develop their knowledge and skills through special courses and training. After all, we want to learn more about the world's most wonderful hot drink.
The roastery Röststätte in Berlin offers workshops for home users and professional coffee experts. Would you like to book barista training for gastronomy or your company? Then you are right here. The range of courses is varied and optimally tailored to your needs. To participate in our barista courses, you can register for a fixed date on our website or buy a ticket with a flexible selection of dates.
Our partner roastery 19grams also has a coffee academy in Berlin.
In the training center they give various courses on the subject of specialty coffee. Here you will find barista courses for beginners, but also barista training for advanced latte art artists. This barista training prepares you sufficiently for a job in the specialty coffee industry. Do you love filter coffee or would you like to train your taste buds? At 19grams you can even book a filter coffee course or a coffee tasting for you and your friends.
Our friends from August63 also offer a barista workshop for all coffee enthusiasts who would like to expand their knowledge of coffee and how to prepare it. In 2-3 hours you will learn everything about the optimal extraction of an espresso, the foaming of the perfect milk for latte art and maybe you will even conjure up the first little heart in the cup.
These instructive courses give you the opportunity to delve deeper into the world of specialty coffees and to better understand what is behind it all. Because at the end of the day, knowledge is also part of more conscious consumption. We at 60beans would like to give you the knowledge and the right equipment to do this.
Have fun learning and trying things out!
A barista's salary varies based on experience, location, and type of business. Like many hospitality jobs, barista pay is considered mediocre. Nevertheless, you still earn the minimum wage here and often receive tips. Depending on your employer, you can expect a barista salary of between €2,200 and €2,500 per month.
No, there are no special formal requirements to start barista training. The most important thing is the passion for coffee and the willingness to immerse yourself in the fascinating world of coffee.
Barista is not a recognized training occupation. This means that in Germany everyone can call themselves a barista, even without barista training or a barista course. But there are different and also very renowned courses for baristas. The length of barista training can vary depending on the type of course or training you choose. However, it usually takes anywhere from a few weeks to several months to learn the basics and advanced techniques.
Latte art requires practice and patience, but with the right instructions and the right equipment, you can create good milk froth and conjure up a little heart in your cappuccino.
Many of our partner roasters offer barista courses for very different levels. The Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) offers comprehensive barista training with the Coffee Diploma System. Here you can learn what a good barista needs in six disciplines and three levels of difficulty.
Sustainability, ethics and innovative technologies will have a major impact on the future of the barista industry. Customers are increasingly valuing high-quality and environmentally conscious coffee, and as a barista you will take these trends into account and integrate them into your work.
Yes, Subminimal's milk makers can also be used with plant-based milk alternatives, as long as they are warmed up separately first.
The Barista Oat Base harmonises particularly well with fruity and lively espresso beans. It pays to try different coffee beans to find the perfect combination for individual tastes.