Late last week we posted a call to anyone interested in working at our two upcoming coffee bars to apply. Since then, we’ve received emails and resumes but we’ve also gotten a fair share of questions about what sort of applicants we are looking for. One of the most common queries is whether applicants need to have previous experience working in top tier coffee shops.
The question gets down to one of the trickier things about hiring in specialty coffee. Job postings for fancy coffee shops will net some lovely applicants who are experienced in things like manual brew methods, cupping and latte art but it is always surprising how many incredibly qualified people hold back because they don’t feel their CV passes muster.
It’s true that being a barista involves knowledge of coffee and precision in preparing it but those skills are not a prerequisite to working with us at G&B. Applicants will absolutely need the interest in coffee and service necessary to eventually develop all the skills lauded in our industry.
Mostly, though, the skills necessary to be a great barista involve waking up at an ungodly hour, day in and day out, and serving a community of customers and coworkers with kindness and hard work. A willingness to do that work - and the temperament needed to actually love doing it - are prerequisites. They are also the foundation of what G&B will one day be. So, even if someone has never worked in a coffee shop, or has only toiled at chain stores, they might be perfectly qualified to work with us. We look forward to hearing from them.