As a small journalist of coffee making
My friends would often ask me questions regarding coffee
However, this question often gets me twisted
“If I want to be a barista
should I be an apprentice
or to go to training courses?”
anything would be great
but to desire to be a barista!
At this moment I would say that being a barista is tough, and doesn’t make much money
Hoping that he knows the difficulties and quit
but the outcomes are often as follows
“After listening to your advice, I am even more certain that being a barista is the right way.”
Back to the original topic
I’ve always been stuck with this questions
and yet I’ve outlined a few advantages and disadvantages
Being a part-time apprentice: get salary from the boss, yet learning skills from the boss at the same time
Although the level of income for an apprentice is low, but it’s still an earning;
you can learn a lot more skills regarding service with a job and apprenticeship;
baristas in the coffee shops can teach you knowledge and techniques related to coffee;
the environmental setup in the coffee shop can provide you as a resource for daily practice and usage.
You learn knowledge a bit from here and there, without a learning system;
to be honest, apprentices have very little chance in serving at the bar;
the techniques and skills from baristas in the coffee shops are not guaranteed to be accurate;
not every boss is willing to offer the environmental setup and space in the shop for workers to practice;
due to part-time work while training, the learning period is long.
Qualified training course: make payments to the teachers, and learn the techniques from them
At last, training schools and apprenticeships both have different learning paths, and at the beginning of this career, ones who participated in the training courses in schools will be more stable and complete, yet ones participated in apprenticeships may be faced with more uncertain factors.
Therefore from my perspective, if one decides to become a barista, when one’s financial conditions are not so favorable, one can try working as an apprentice, and also find an opportunity to work in the coffee shops.
However, if you have enough financial support and time for learning, then practicing in a certified training school will be more complete, and this makes it easier and quicker for one to familiarize with the work once one enters the coffee shop for a job.