How to Be a Starbucks Barista

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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 demeanor. Brooke Locascio of said new hires (or partners) must study a training manual and pass written exams before moving into hands-on training.

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

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

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

Pass the written exam.


Starbucks baristas are trained on-the-job, behind the counter and supervised by managers. You will be shown how to make a certain drink but if you cannot make it independently, you will have to do it until you pass. Good concentration and the ability to learn quickly are highly desired skills.


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 flavors to customers. An appreciation for different coffees is a necessity.

According to, employees must be at least 16 years old (except in Montana, where the minimum age is 14).