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Looking for a Barista? Find a qualified Barista With Brigad

Baristas are coffee masters, turning ground coffee beans into delicious hot or cold drinks for customers day in, and day out. A skilled barista can do amazing things with coffee, tea, and iced drinks, such as frappuccinos.  

A Barista, particularly when engaged for short or long-term work, typically focuses on the following tasks:

  • Preparing a wide range of coffee and tea beverages, both classic and innovative, to suit the preferences and requirements of customers at the event or establishment.
  • Managing and organising the coffee bar inventory, including sourcing coffee beans, tea leaves, and other ingredients, ensuring their quality and freshness.
  • Operating and maintaining coffee-making equipment, ensuring it functions efficiently and meets health and safety standards.
  • Providing exceptional customer service, engaging with customers at the counter or table, offering insights into coffee and tea selections, and accommodating special beverage requests.
  • Developing and maintaining standard operating procedures for beverage preparation, presentation, and service.
  • Collaborating with other staff, such as the restaurant manager or event coordinator, to ensure a smooth service flow between the coffee bar and other areas.
  • Adapting beverage menus and service styles to align with the specific ambiance and customer expectations of the cafe, restaurant, or event.
  • Demonstrating expertise in various coffee brewing techniques and knowledge about different coffee beans and tea leaves.
  • Ensuring cleanliness and hygiene of the coffee bar area, adhering to strict health and safety regulations.
  • Training and mentoring junior baristas in coffee preparation techniques and customer service skills.

Traditional Recruitment Methods

The hospitality industry, particularly coffee shops and cafes in the UK, relies heavily on finding skilled baristas to cater to the country's strong coffee culture. Traditional recruitment methods have long been the backbone of hiring in this sector. However, evolving industry needs and the advent of digital platforms are highlighting the limitations of these conventional approaches.

Job Advertisements

Job advertisements in newspapers and industry magazines were once the go-to for employers. With the rise of the internet, online job boards and social media platforms have become popular avenues. Despite their wide reach, these methods often lead to a high volume of applications, necessitating extensive filtering.


  • Limited Targeting: While job advertisements can reach a wide audience, they may not effectively target the specific demographic skilled in barista work, leading to a high volume of unqualified applicants.
  • Cost: Placing ads in popular or specialist publications and online job boards can be expensive, especially for small cafes or independent coffee shops with limited budgets.
  • Time-Consumption: Crafting effective advertisements, managing postings across multiple platforms, and then sorting through applications is time-consuming.

Walk-In Interviews

Walk-in interviews offer a direct approach to hiring, allowing employers to meet candidates face-to-face. While they provide immediate insights into a candidate's personality and presentation, they can be unpredictable and time-consuming.


  • Unpredictability: Relying on walk-in interviews can lead to periods of low applicant turnout, especially if not well-publicized or if potential candidates prefer applying online.
  • Quality of Candidates: This method might attract more spontaneous applicants who may not necessarily have the desired experience or skills.
  • Resource Intensive: Walk-in interviews require staff to be available to conduct interviews, which can disrupt daily operations, particularly in a busy coffee shop environment.


Employee referral programs leverage existing staff networks to find new hires. This method can speed up the hiring process and improve the quality of candidates but may limit the diversity of applicants.


  • Limited Reach: Employee referral programs can limit the pool of potential candidates to the social and professional networks of current employees, potentially missing out on a wider talent pool.
  • Bias: There's a risk of creating a homogeneous workforce, as employees might refer candidates with similar backgrounds or perspectives, reducing diversity.
  • Dependence on Existing Networks: This method's success heavily relies on the size and quality of your employees' networks, which can vary greatly.

Recruitment Agencies

Specialized hospitality recruitment agencies offer expertise in finding suitable candidates but at a significant cost. While they can relieve employers of the recruitment burden, reliance on agencies may reduce direct control over the hiring process.


  • Cost: Using recruitment agencies can be one of the most expensive methods, with fees often based on a percentage of the hired candidate's salary.
  • Loss of Personal Touch: Employers may feel disconnected from the recruitment process, as agencies handle most aspects of candidate selection, potentially leading to a less personalized fit.
  • Mismatched Expectations: There's always a risk that the agency may not fully understand the specific needs and culture of your coffee shop, leading to candidates who might not be the right fit.

Looking for a Barista for your coffee shop or cafe ?

Are you looking to hire a Barista for your coffee shop, cafe, restaurant, event, venue, or hotel food & beverage (F&B) operation? Finding a reliable Barista can be time-consuming and talent is harder to find in the industry now. 

If you have not had much luck with job boards or the use of temp agencies, and candidates in the hospitality and catering sector are not rushing in, lack motivation, or have not got the experience or skills you are looking for, Brigad is here to provide a solution.

Publish short-term work offers on the Brigad app or website to interested independent freelance Baristas and other hospitality professionals, who are ready to work and able to pick up short-term shifts and fill gaps in your staffing rota. 

With the Brigad business app (available for download via the App Store or Google Play), you can be easily connected with the Barista your business needs.

What is Brigad ?

Brigad is an app that allows hospitality establishments to easily connect with highly-qualified, self-employed hospitality professionals in London, Birmingham and Manchester.

To start with, simply download the Brigad Business app via the App Store or Google Play. Create an account and you can get started. 

Sign-up for free and post a mission corresponding to your needs for a Barista in under 3 minutes. Chances are that your mission will be accepted within a matter of hours by a qualified Barista. 

How to use Brigad when looking for a Barista

Restaurant, pub, bar, café, and hotel food & beverage (F&B) managers, owners, or operators looking to hire  independent Baristas or other hospitality professionals can easily create a mission using the Brigad app or website. Simply select the dates and times, hours, days needed, the role needed, and add a description that details the requirements and expectations.

Your job offer, also known as a “mission” (the short or long-term shift for which you need filled), will be sent to only the most relevant, qualified, and fully vetted talents who meet your criteria. Once one of them accepts the mission, you will be notified and put in contact.

The Barista will arrive on the day of the mission ready to work, as they will have received all the necessary information from your mission description to successfully complete the mission.

This means you can be confident in finding the right Barista to fulfill your business's operational needs.

No more wasting time selecting a profile from dozens, or even hundreds of options. Post a new mission on Brigad in less than 3 minutes, then just sit back and let the  algorithm handle the rest. Only the most relevant talents will receive your mission proposition, and the most motivated Barista will be the one to accept it.

Invoices are generated and payments are made automatically, simplifying the process for your business or organisation's finance team. This allows you to focus on running your busy restaurant, pub, bar, café, or hotel food & beverage (F&B) operation.

Need to find a Barista in a hurry? 

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Post a mission on the Brigad business app in less than 3 minutes. Two thirds of missions are accepted in under 2 hours. Fill your staffing rotas efficiently, even in urgent, time-sensitive situations. Problem solved.

Benefits of working with Brigad when looking for a Barista

Brigad provides a range of benefits for establishments like restaurants, pubs, bars, cafes, and hotels, as well as catering venues and events in London, Birmingham, and Manchester, by facilitating connections with skilled Baristas and other hospitality professionals.

A strict vetting process

The hospitality industry is too busy and fast-paced for people who aren’t serious and committed to the work. After a rigorous vetting process by our team of experts, only the most qualified Baristas are offered access to the Brigad platform. 

As an owner, operator, or manager, you might worry about verifying the paperwork of the Barista who is coming to work for you. However, you don’t need to worry about any of that, as we handle all checks for you.

All profiles on the Brigad platform undergo a strict two-step vetting process, executed by both the app and the Brigad team. This thorough verification ensures you work with only the best independent, self-employed (inside HMRC IR35), or freelance Baristas and other hospitality professionals. 

The backgrounds, IDs, employment history, and training of all Baristas are verified to ensure they are reliable and experts in their field before they’re able to accept any missions on the Brigad app. This way, you can be 100% confident that the person is who they say they are and have a legal right to live and work in the UK.

Important to note
Brigad is proud to boast a 98% show-up rate from talents (out of 100,000 missions posted and accepted since January 2022).

Essential Soft Skills of Baristas in the Brigad Community

  • Communication Skills: Ability to clearly convey information and listen well, both with customers and colleagues.
  • Customer Service: A strong focus on customer satisfaction, being polite, attentive, and always aiming to meet the needs of customers.
  • Teamwork: Collaborating effectively with other staff members to ensure a smooth operation and a positive work environment.
  • Adaptability: The ability to adjust quickly to changing work conditions, customer needs, and new procedures.
  • Problem-Solving: Being able to effectively resolve issues that arise, whether it’s a customer complaint or a malfunctioning espresso machine.
  • Attention to Detail: Ensuring that each coffee or drink is made to the establishment’s standards and recognizing the importance of presentation.
  • Patience: Dealing with customer queries and complaints calmly and professionally, even during busy periods.

Only work with driven freelance professionals on Brigad

Freelance Baristas and other hospitality professionals represent their own interests and build their own network of customers, which is why they are particularly reliable and motivated. So, you don’t have to worry about last-minute surprises, like a no-show an hour before a busy restaurant opens or a wedding feast needs to be cooked.

Key Feature
Once you start working with talents, you can create a list of your favourites (for any job role), so that you can easily find and work with them again.

A dedicated assistance team

A member of the account management and customer experience will be assigned to you to provide support during your first month on Brigad to make sure that you understand the features and are making the most of the platform. Should any problems arise, our  responsive Assistance Team is available seven days a week to ensure that solutions are readily available for any situation that might be encountered.

How much does it cost to hire a Barista through Brigad ?

All prices are dynamically calculated to consider tension rates, ensuring competitive pricing tailored to your specific requirements. 

The cost is determined by multiplying an hourly rate by the number of hours you need a Barista for. When you create a mission, you'll receive an instant quote. 

This is the fixed price you pay once a self-employed Barista accepts your mission, so there are no surprise costs or hidden charges.

A dynamic pricing means that costs are competitively calculated for each new mission. 

You have control over the pricing, allowing you to adjust it upwards if needed. This flexibility can enhance the likelihood of your mission being quickly accepted by talented independent hospitality and catering professionals in London and surroundings areas.