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April 4, 2022

How to work as a Barista in Australia

The figure of a barista is essential in the hospitality sector, especially in cities where the culture of coffee is part of day by day, such as Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Even though the barista figure is not essential in other countries, coffee culture is quite vital in Australia.

Australians care about the quality and the taste of the coffee. It’s a way of life, not just fuel to get you through the day.

What makes a good Barista?

A successful Barista has good attention to detail with great communication skills. They should be able to handle food properly and memorize ingredients while also making changes when asked by customers. Their memory skills should be sharp as this will add efficiency to a customer’s experience, enhancing a Barista’s customer service skills.


Main coffee drinks in Australia

Flat white

That’s a classic coffee-based drink within the Aussie culture.  It contains a single shot of espresso followed by a steamy pour of milk and a thin layer of foam. 

Long black

It is similar to an Americano, but with a more robust aroma and taste. A long black is made by pouring a double-shot of espresso or ristretto over hot water.

Short black

Ristretto refers to a short (restricted) shot of espresso, meaning the Barista pulls only the first portion of a full-length espresso shot. 


Ristretto refers to a short (restricted) shot of espresso, meaning the Barista pulls only the first portion of a full-length espresso shot. A ristretto is a simple espresso shot. 


Also known as a ¾ latte, a piccolo contains a full shot of espresso with much less milk.


A latte is similar to a Flat White but has more foam and tastes milkier.


A cappuccino is the perfect balance of espresso, steamed milk and foam. This coffee is all about the structure and the even splitting of all elements into equal thirds. In Australia, it’s topped with a dusting of cocoa powder. 

 Iced Coffee

Baristas should be aware of the differences between an Iced Latte and Ice Coffee.  

Iced Latte: An espresso shot, milk and ice cubes. 

Ice Coffee: Usually, the Barista might add a scoop of ice cream. 


Our recommendation:

f you have no previous experience as a barista, then start as a waitress, better known as a Cafe All-Rounder. From there, you can get the opportunity to get your first experience at an espresso coffee machine.

You may start as a junior coffee maker or work as a server in a café where you can learn from the head Barista.

However, if you want to get basic skills, there are schools in Australia that will give you the base of coffee-drinks preparations.


How much can I earn working as a Barista in Australia?

The rate per hour usually varies according to experience. If you start as an All-Rounder, you can earn 20 AUD per hour. Experienced baristas’ average rate is 27 an hour, according to Indeed.com.au. 

Are you thinking to apply for a Barista job in Australia? Please send us your CV  by clicking HERE.


If you are outside Australia and unsure about your options come to talk to our team for FREE today by sending an email to infopoint@atlasmigration.com.

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