Lead Barista Blue Bottle Coffee is a passionate and growing team of hundreds around the world, united by the simple purpose of getting great coffee (and food) to everyone who asks for it. We roast on three coasts, make delicious drinks, clean up after ourselves, bake cookies, get change at the bank, and say please and thank you. Were an impossibly eclectic group of coffee experts, artists, writers, sensory scientists, bakers, designers, and all-around dreamers, who also happen to be some of the most hard working and talented in the business. Join us. About the job:We're looking for an unabashed coffee and food lover to join our crew at our Washington DC cafe. The Lead Barista is responsible for the quality of the coffee and hospitality program at his/her cafe, acting as an in-store extension of our Barista Training and Quality Control Departments. The Lead Barista serves as a role model to their teams in their own hospitality, drink and food preparation, as well as takes significant responsibility for on-the-job education and training of those team members. This is a great role for someone who has already demonstrated a high level of skill and performance in coffee, food and hospitality and wants to help nurture others to do the same. You will:Ensure that the drinks, food and hospitality in your cafe consistently meet Blue Bottles high standards by educating, coaching and developing new and current team members Lead by example at all times to show your cafe how a highly skilled and hospitable barista approaches his/her work in preparing drinks and food, serving guests, and helping teammatesDevelop strong and successful working relationships with co-workers and promote a spirit of inclusivity and teamwork among all team members in your cafeRegularly taste coffee drinks made by baristas at your cafe as well as occasionally at other Blue Bottle locations to ensure consistently high quality that meet our standardsOffer positive and/or constructive feedback to team members on the quality and consistency of drink preparation, food preparation, cleanliness, professionalism, and customer serviceBe knowledgeable on each rotation of coffee offerings (attributes, preparation) through cuppings and coordination with the Training, Quality Control, Production teamsBe knowledgeable on each food offering (attributes, ingredients, preparation) through coordination with your Manager and details provided by Culinarys informational sheetsRelease new coffee and food offerings in your cafe, working with the manager to decide when new offerings will be put on bar and then educate and inform your cafe team about themOrganize and lead public, coffee-related events to reach out to new guests and engage existing guests to have a stronger connection to your cafePartner closely with the Barista Training department to roll out new techniques and information to your cafe You are:Someone who enthusiastically shares your knowledge and passion with others and thrives in helping groups of others learn especially when geeking out on coffee and foodA role model for others who is a shining example of our coffee and food quality and hospitality standards in how he/she approaches preparation and serving our guestsA fantastic teacher who loves coaching others and is patient and adaptive in helping learners of different styles and backgrounds succeedA superb and direct communicator who imparts information to individuals or large groups effectively and delivers constructive feedback in a way that is effective and kindProfessional and reliable - your manager, teammates in your cafe, and colleagues in other departments can always depend on you and get a timely response or assistanceExcited to grow as a leader in your cafe and at Blue Bottle more broadly by learning and developing yourself in coffee, food, cafe operations, and people development and management18 years or older You have:6+ months working in a specialty coffee retail environmentStrong technical barista skills in all areas of drink preparation (ie, brewing, espresso, milk)Familiarity with online collaboration and organization tools including Google Docs/appsExisting Washington DC ServSafe Certification within 30 days post-hireA few benefits we offer: Health, dental, and vision coverage for eligible employees starting on your first day401(k) planPaid time offFree drinks at any of our cafes and a complimentary bag of beans to take home each weekDiscounts on any Blue Bottle food items and merchandise If youre ready to help bring amazing products to life, please apply by uploading a cover letter and resume that includes at least three professional references. We cant wait to meet you!