Group Barista | UK

Compass Group seek a UK based Group Barista. Read on for all of the details. 

Job Title: Group Barista

Responsible to: Head of Business Excellence – Central Marketing

Location: Mobile

This role profile is a guide to the work you will initially be required to undertake. It may be changed from time to time to incorporate changing circumstances. It does not form part of your contract of employment.

Overall Purpose of the Role

As a Group Barista, you have completed the 4th level of the coffee development journey. You have an unmatched passion for coffee and are accountable for coffee quality and service across the group. You work closely with the Head Baristas and Unit Managers to ensure that training and development of baristas fulfils succession requirements, that the coffee standards are achieved in line with the Coffee Standards audits and that the coffee is perceived as a high quality product by your customers. You report into the Head of Business Excellence within Central Marketing and work closely with the stakeholders from across the business.

Key Accountabilities                        

·       Ensuring timely progress of baristas in the group through their coffee journeys to excel in coffee delivery, standards and service

·       Develop and conduct The Coffee Standards site audit and provide feedback to operations teams

·       Identify service and operational trends from The Coffee Standards audits and deliver unit specific action plans accordingly

·       Share best practice with Head Baristas and pioneer coffee evangelism across the group

·       Provide thought leadership and forward thinking practices around coffee excellence and delivery

·       Support baristas in training for external competitions and as representatives of the Compass UK & Ireland business

·       Support unit managers in growing coffee revenues, minimising costs and maximising profits through working practices

·       Work alongside operational leadership teams and sales teams to support new business bids and retention activity across all sectors

·       Plan and facilitate SCA coffee education courses on a quarterly basis for all barista levels

·       Produce and maintain barista tools , ensuring they are kept up to date and provide feedback to learners

·       Manage the seasonal drinks programme for both hot and cold handcrafted beverages, liaising with Foodbuy & the Head of Food and Beverage Innovation

·       Create a community in the group, working with Head Baristas to share this responsibility and build the coffee network via online media, social networking and focus groups

·       Manage the barista academy to ensure added value to both Compass Group UK and Ireland and sponsoring partners

Person Specification                       


·     SCA Professional level / AST qualified trainer

·     Excellent time management, attention to detail and highly organised and efficient

·     Able to positively influence at all levels to achieve the desired end result

·     Ability to identify trends and respond accordingly

·     Build and maintain rapport with key stakeholders

·     A great coach and mentor, helping others to learn and develop

·     You are calm under pressure and communicate effectively


·     An entrepreneurial outlook

·     Experience in a field based role

·     Previous experience in the coffee industry

·     Willingness to succeed and make Compass Group UK & Ireland renowned for coffee excellence within the industry

Barista Support | Califia Farms at London Coffee Festival

Califia Farms require baristas to help man their booth at London Coffee Festival this 6-9 April. 

Califia Farms are looking for a handful of baristas interested in working at the booth, paying a competitive hourly rate alongside providing a pass to the show. Ideally, these baristas would be available at least two days of the show, but some flexibility is possible. Baristas should demonstrate basic knowledge of espresso preparation, extraction and troubleshooting, but Califia Farms are willing to work with baristas that are still learning so long as they are excited and eager to listen and learn

For more information and to apply for the role please contact Devin Chapman -


Master Barista | Orbe, Switzerland

As part of our plans to establish an online 'Jobshub' for our barista members we are happy to publish that Nestlé seek a Master Barista to join their Innovations Team in Orbe. Read on for details of this opportunity and how to apply. 


MASTER BARISTA - Permanent, Full Time

Our vision is to be recognised as the preferred, most innovative and highest quality coffee company globally. Our mission – to delight the consumer wherever, whenever, however by delivering moments of genuine pleasure and indulgence through the perfect coffee experience - drives the need for us to attract, select and develop the right people for the right jobs throughout the value chain of our business.

To complete our Innovation team in the Orbe Product Development Centre, we are currently looking for a Master Barista.

The main purpose of the job will be to create and develop the consumer-facing attributes of all future coffee-based beverage that will be launched in the markets in the coming years, and work with the innovation/product teams to translate coffee artistry into a final consumer product and industrialized solution.                                                 

Key responsibilities:

    •    Drive the prototyping activity for coffee-based beverages at cup level for all NESCAFÉ and Coffee-mate innovation projects

    •    Develop the capability of the Innovation and Coffee teams on creating consumer-oriented coffee beverages

    •    Deliver prototypes based on modern coffee-shop creations and generate authentic coffee cups representing concepts and ideas from ideation sessions, that will be used to gather consumer feedback through consumer tests

    •    Develop innovative and creative end-cup propositions, not limited to recipe but including complete product experiences, based on new ingredient combinations (e.g. unusual flavors) and disruptive 5-senses experiences as well as be involved in the development of the packaging solution and communication proposition

    •    Develop home-based recipes and menus for NESCAFÉ products in order to maximize consumer preference and broaden the experience of our brands

    •    Research continuously  information on novel food, beverage and coffee-shop trends

    •    Act as a NESCAFÉ ambassador, contributing to enhance the credibility of NESCAFÉ’s long-standing coffee reputation and credibility through proven expertise and  sustained innovation capability

Education and experience:

    •    3-5 years experience with proven skills on: coffee qualities, blending, roasting, grinding, brewing techniques, recipe formulation, food and beverage trends, creating coffee-shop beverages

    •    Experience, award/s on recognized barista competitions

    •    Experience working in a corporate environment is an advantage but not mandatory

Show us that you have the strong innovation spirit coupled with the entrepreneurial mindset we are looking for. A can-do, proactive attitude, a creative passion for coffee and good knowledge of food trends will also be key elements to your and our success. If you are interested in joining Nestlé as a Master Barista, please apply in English at

Barista Vacancy | Oxfordshire, UK

As part of our plans to establish an online 'Jobshub' for our barista members we are happy to publish that Oxfordshire cafe What's Cooking seek a Barista for immediate start. Read on for details of this opportunity and how to apply. 

EXPERIENCED BARISTA  - Permanent, full-time

With the launch of our new café, we are looking for an experienced and skilled barista to join our small but growing team and to help us make What’s Cooking the sought after destination for coffee in Thame.

You will be preparing exceptional coffee using the La Marzocco GB5 machine and will need to have real passion for delivering the ultimate coffee experience as well as serving fantastic food. In return you will enjoy a varied, flexible role that will allow you to reach your true potential and grow within
an inspring business.

Key Attributes

  • Proven experience in a similar role

  • Knowledge of the complexities of espresso extraction

  • Passsionate about great coffee and food

  • Highly motivated, professional and quality driven

  • Calm, efficient and customer-focused

    Additional Information

    • Sociable, day-time hours

    • Substantial staff discount

      To apply, or for further details, please contact Sally Dickinson 01844 215782

BGE & RGE Coordinator | Europe

We’re hiring

The Barista Guild of Europe and Speciality Coffee Association of Europe have begun the search for a new Barista and Roaster Guild Coordinator to assist the current staff in running these two essential initiatives within the specialty coffee community.

About the role

Full-time. Immediate start
This full-time position, based in Europe, involves providing support in all aspects of the day-to-day running of both Guilds, including event planning and production, fundraising, marketing and communications, and administration.
The Guild Coordinator will report to the Guild Manager, under the direction of the BGE and RGE Working Groups and SCAE Membership Committee, and will liaise closely with the SCAE executive team.

Qualifications & Competences

  • Focused, self-motivated professional with background in and interest towards the speciality coffee industry
  • Fluency in English
  • Good writing and communication skills
  • Outstanding customer service standards and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organisation and administration skills with a strong eye for detail and efficiency
  • Ability to manage own time and prioritise tasks to meet set goals and project deadlines.
  • Knowledge of SCAE and the Coffee Diploma System a distinct advantage
  • Experience or background in fundraising a plus
  • Proficient with computers (Mac OS preferred), spreadsheets, word processing, on-line cloud systems and project management tools.
  • Proficient with digital and social media — familiarity with design suites or graphic design skills a bonus
  • Bachelor degree or similar preferred
  • Willingness to travel (mostly in Europe)
  • Flexibility to work outside of regular office hours, as well as take on any task that needs doing to ensure the success of the projects

Duties & Responsibilities

The Guild Coordinator will assist the Guild Manager in the day-to-day coordination and planning of all BGE and RGE events and activities. The exact task-package will be varied and determined in discussion with the Guild Manager depending on the Coordinator’s background and skill-set, and consists of the following aspects:

Event planning and production

  • Scouting for suitable locations and event venues
  • Liaising with different logistic and production partners, as well as SCAE Events team
  • Assisting with program creation and planning, including education, social, AST and volunteer selection, etc.
  • Managing different stakeholders before, during and after the event
  • Solicit and report on feedback from different stakeholders

Marketing and communications

  • Writing blogposts, newsletters, press releases and social media messages
  • Website management and updates
  • Maintain relations with contractors or staff for marketing, graphic design, and media development
  • Assist in media partnership development
  • Design or assist in the production of event marketing, artwork, signage and promotional materials
  • Assist in merchandise product selection
  • Evaluate promotional and social media campaigns


  • Assist in attracting partners for all Guild activities and events as well as evaluating new partnership opportunities
  • Creation of sponsorship contracts
  • Assist in partnership communications including collecting feedback
  • Assist in the delivery of all contracted benefit packages
  • Assist in the creation of partnership brochures and event reports


  • Answer day-to-day emails and information requests about membership, partnership, events and all aspects of the organisation
  • Assist in basic budgeting and expense administration
  • Take minutes of meetings and write reports


Compensation package based on experience and skills. The opportunity for performance-based bonus may be developed. Flexible working environment.


To apply for this unique opportunity, please send a .pdf copy of your CV and a brief cover letter to The application deadline is January 10th, and interviews will take place in Chelmsford, UK between January 18th and 20th.

TED2016 | Vancouver, Canada

World Coffee Events (WCE) is looking for baristas to be part of the coffee service at TED2016, held in the city of Vancouver, Canada on 15-19 February, 2016. In the past, WCE has organised the coffee service, in close collaboration with Barista Guild of America, and for the first time, we are excited to work together with WCE to extend the opportunity to members of the Barista Guild of Europe too.

TED is a global and renowned conference that brings together the most innovative and
important voices in technology, entertainment, and design (hence the acronym). The theme of its 2016 edition, is 'Dream'.

"Dreams matter. And TED2016 will be dedicated to the greatest dreams we are capable of dreaming. It will be a week to stare hard at humanity’s toughest challenges, to listen to our greatest thinkers, artists and storytellers. A week to stir the blood."
— TED2016 website

WCE is looking for top-notch baristas who are highly skilled at making coffee as well as customer service, who're passionate about sharing specialty coffee and engaging with customers, and who remain friendly and professional in all circumstances. Priority is given to BGE/BGA members who can prove experience through (CDS) certification, have a good history in volunteerism and who're available for the whole program. 

While participation is voluntary, and WCE doesn't cover for your travel (why not crowdfund it?), we think this is an amazing opportunity for our members to develop your skills and be part of the international coffee community. Let's dare to 'dream' of the TEDexperience that awaits you: You'll be working alongside a team of truly professional baristas in the world, serving exceptional coffee, sharing your passion for quality coffee with innovators, leaders, luminaries. You'll be rewarded with a greater network of likeminded baristas, greater skills, an enlightened passion for quality coffee, an engagement to share our story - and an opportunity to meet some of the most funniest, challenging, and though-provoking voices of our time.

"For me, the big take away was simply being a part of the larger moment. TED attracts entrepreneurs, environmental leaders, educators, angel investors, supply chain developers, techies, foodies, artists and a million things in between. I couldn’t help but think; how can we partner with these intellectual superstars? [...] It was an honor to serve, but we need a larger voice. We need leaders. We need innovators. We need a team who can engage with global thought leaders beyond serving them exceptional cups of coffee. We need to ignite their passion and convince them that our priorities are theirs."
— Richard Sandlin — TED2013 barista
"Coffee at TED2014 is the most fun and enjoyable coffee experience I’ve been a part of. A constant flow of energy pulses through the space you are in. It is infectious."
— Jonathan Paul Doerr — TED2014 barista

We're looking for coffee ambassadors who're ready to step out of their comfort zone, to take their skills to the next level, to build community and networks, to connect with other baristas as well as with the audience, to engage each customer in line - all while making excellent coffee, consistently and on repeat.

Are you a TEDbarista?

*Baristas are requested to arrive in Vancouver no later than the evening of 13th Feb to attend the Welcome Dinner. Training and set-up takes place on the 14th and the service runs from 15th-19th.

Background information

  • Sprudge's article about the baristas for TED2013, including a little history of the TED coffee service, from 2010 with Intelligentsia, over 2 years of Coffee Common, to SCAA and finally WCE taking over in 2014.
  • WCE's blog about the coffee service for TED2014, including profiles of all the baristas serving (to be relaunched this year).
  • Photos in this article and the tumbnail were retrieved from Coffee Common's photogallery, with pictures taken by Brian W. Jones.