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    Barista to work in office setting

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    Hi, let me introduce myself Im the Human Resources Manager of a Marketing and Sales Subsidiary of a Multinational Company. Were relatively small in Australia topping out at 200 employees.


    Our Head Office is in the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne and were always looking at various ways of improving our employee engagement. We have a fantastic workforce with a respectful culture.


    Given we have a number of coffee snobs in our office, our MD has asked me to look into getting a Barista to work a commercial espresso machine.


    Were moving in 18 months so the machine wont be plumbed in but a short google search shows that there are ways around this (rotary pump) etc.


    At the moment Im just conceptualising but the barista will operate from 8am to 12pm.

    So, what Im looking for is either:


    1. Hire a barista to initially make a proposal on what machine, grinder, pumps etc to buy or hire and put together a business case. They would then need to arrange installation and possibly work with a cabinet marker to build a mini stand. Then operate the machine in the mornings. The barista would either be casual or fixed term part time.



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    1. A business owner to put a case together if this is something theyd be interested in.


    So if you are interested either way or know anyone that would be, please call Dion on 0400720045.


    Im also more than happy for people to comment about the practicalities of such a venture.

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    Hi, there are a couple of main ways that this could work. A number of companies end up buying the equipment, paying for staff training and then let staff make their own drinks. You can then have fun events like latte art competitions as well. Other main option would be as you mentioned - have a barista making the drinks. Both options are viable, but being a "coffeesnob" that has worked in mutiple places that had espresso equipment I prefer the 'make my own' approach. Its more fun, and the company doesnt have to pay a barista.
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    G'day Dion, sounds like a great place to work!

    I have a couple of questions; you mention 200 employees in Australia but how many are based in your head office? Any estimates on how many coffee drinkers?

    Also wonder how much your anticipated spend will be - the economics of getting a plumber out to hook up a filter and outlet might make sense depending on the space, proximity to water etc. Otherwise as you've mentioned there's always the flojet option with a suitable setup.

    Personally having worked in a few offices where staff make their own coffee on some pretty nice commercial-grade equipment (including some in the specialist coffee industry), I think paying a barista is an excellent idea!

    Fill-in services like backup Barista might make sense depending on number of people and the hours, unless you can find someone local with other cafe shifts...
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    What a fun idea! I think some more information is needed i.e. how many employees in the Melbourne office, how many coffees/tea/drinks expected to be poured daily.

    This would help decide a few things - number of groups needed on your machine, if it's a worthwhile investment for a business owner, etc. It's also not clear if it's going to be a free service to boost employee morale or if the coffees will be paid for by the employees themselves - i.e. if employees might drink more coffee if it's free (better profit for the business owner, who presumably will be paid directly by the company)

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    Hi - thanks for the feedback Matt & Tashie & Melbroaster

    There's 140 people in the office. No estimate on coffee drinkers yet - I will need to poll but I reckon on any given day there's 80 drinkers and some will go back 2-3 times. 100 cups a day. Getting it plumbed in isn't really an option; as someone also responsible for Heath and Safety, the work involved wouldn't be feasible.

    Cost is an interesting one - it will depend on he economics but it will be subsidized heavily. What comes in will be used to cover some of the costs and some will go to charity.


    Have not heard of ‘Backup Barista’ – I’ll look into that. Cheers.

    I think a combination of a Barista and make your own might be worth looking at. The barista can teach people while it’s quiet.

    Apart from ‘Back-up Barista’ – where do people find Barista’s?
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    What is the oh&s concern?

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    Sounds like a flojet it is, then! With that number of customers, changing over bottles shouldn't be too arduous; plenty of coffee carts doing higher volumes.

    If you don't have any luck here, there's a Sydney Speciality Coffee Facebook messenger room where job offers are often posted; I imagine there'd be one for Melbourne as well.

    Also worth checking out @weployapp on Instagram.

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    Hi BHS,
    Just a few quick thoughts about the costing of the project, some of which will be tax deductable and fully depreciable - not sure on the schedule but some cafe owners/accountants might be able to give an idea.




    Setup
    Coffe Machine 5000
    Grinder 2000
    Sundry Setup Costs 1000
    Ongoing
    Barista 8-12 100
    Beans @ 100 Coffees per day @$50/kg 90
    Milk @ $1/L w/200ml per drink 20
    Cups 10c per cup (inc lid) 5
    Total Setup 8000
    Ongoing Costs 215
    Cost Per Year
    Ongoing $ 53,750.00
    Depreciation per year over 5 years -$ 1,600.00

    Just some thoughts. I am sure many of CS' on this thread might be able to shed some light on a commercial machine cost as these are pretty indicative and could easily blow out to $10k plus for a brand newy. Another option is to rent the machine, but often this comes with a clause must buy the beans from xxx... which often aren't desirable.
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    The organisation that I work for instituted a morning coffee and barista service about 12 years ago and it is still running. We purchased the hardware and had the machine plumbed in etc. We then arranged for a local charity group that organises work and work experience for people with various minor learning or other disabilities to provide the staff (we pay the charity). The charity have a supervisor who visits the site every week and checks how things are going, and there's a contact within our HR dept assigned to be the first port of call if the staff have a problem (they don't). Now the coffee is not always fantastic (partly because some idiot thought they'd save a few bob on the machine and buy a 2nd hand San Marino that runs hot), but it is usually quite ok, and there is a greater good being achieved. Of the two young people who currently work there, one is a chap with autism who doesn't speak a word, but loves his footy and engages in numerous virtual conversations about the week's games. He has been there for 8 or so years.



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