University South, Palo Alto


In the early 2000s, in Oakland, California, a slightly disaffected freelance musician and coffee lunatic, weary of the commercial coffee enterprise and stale, overly roasted beans, decided to open a roaster for people who were clamoring for the actual taste of fresh coffee. Using a minuscule six-pound batch roaster, he made a historic vow: “I will only sell coffee less than 48 hours out of the roaster to my guests, so they may enjoy coffee at peak flavor. I will only use the finest, most delicious, and responsibly sourced beans.” Now, nearly 15 years later, and thanks to the enthusiastic support of many loyal guests, Blue Bottle Coffee has grown to a small network of cafes, an espresso cart, the occasional pop-up, and a small fleet of Loring roasters.


The ideal barista is someone who is passionate about coffee, food and creating incredible guest experiences grounded in respect, empathy, and recognition. This person will deliver impeccable hospitality to guests and teammates. This person will be able to work in a team to ‘dial in’ and serve a selection of delicious coffees in a variety of different brewing -methods including but not limited to: espresso, pour over, and cold brew. More requirements listed below:


  • Must expedite and serve delicious sweet and savory food created by Blue Bottle's talented culinary team - this can include assembly, delivery and clearing of these treats
  • Must stay knowledgeable about Blue Bottle’s current coffee and food offerings through tastings, cuppings and information provided to you by your Lead Barista, Cafe Leader, the Training and Culinary Departments, and others at Blue Bottle
  • Must drink your and others’ coffee and espresso drinks regularly at Blue Bottle cafes to ensure quality, uphold standards, and keep developing your coffee palate
  • Must support your team in keeping the cafe running smoothly and beautifully - these tasks may vary but can include washing dishes, clearing dishes, sweeping, dusting, mopping, cleaning and organizing condiment station, and taking out trash
  • Must be passionate about coffee, food and creating hospitality experiences
  • Must be a professional - you are serious about your work but don’t take yourself too seriously
  • Must be a reliable and consistent


  • Health, dental, and vision coverage for full-time employees beginning your first day
  • 401(k) plan
  • Paid time off
  • Free drinks at any of Blue Bottle's cafes and a complimentary bag of beans to take home each week
  • Discounts on any Blue Bottle food items and merchandise