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    Hello there, just wondering if anyone out there works for mccafe and if they do how did they get the job, did you have prior experience ect.
    Info is greatly appreaciated as i am trying to get a job there. :P

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    I know of at least one here... Ill give her a nudge.

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    Re: working at McCafe

    Just apply, its Maccas. Not like you have to submit a detailed CV or anything.

    If youre keen on coffee, youre better off trying to work as a barista in a normal cafe. Preferably one with some sort of reputation for good coffee.

    Hooking up with a boutique roaster is also a good looking option too. Even if youre sweeping the floor, you can still learn something.

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    Ask Maccaschick...think thats her name here

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    Quote Originally Posted by nunu link=1180438568/0#2 date=1180440917
    If youre keen on coffee, youre better off trying to work as a barista in a normal cafe. *Preferably one with some sort of reputation for good coffee.
    Being a 15 or 16 year old a McCafe is more likely to give someone a start and any step into the work force can only be good.

    Even if the actual coffee is a little lacking, a whole day of texturing milk has to great training for a future latte artist too.
    8-)

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    yer cheers, i think ill just try applying and see wat happens

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy Freeman link=1180438568/0#4 date=1180445536
    a whole day of texturing milk has to great training for a future latte artist too. 8-)

    Maybe not. I watched a McCafe coffee being made the other day (for me - I was desperate :-[ ). The girl at the machine put the steam wand into the milk jug and pulled it down into the milk (the wand is telescopic), turned on the steam then went away while it heated the milk.

    Ron


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    Quote Originally Posted by nunu link=1180438568/0#2 date=1180440917
    If youre keen on coffee, youre better off trying to work as a barista in a normal cafe. Preferably one with some sort of reputation for good coffee.

    Hooking up with a boutique roaster is also a good looking option too. Even if youre sweeping the floor, you can still learn something.
    Ive found it very hard to get work at a quality cafe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by p38arover link=1180438568/0#6 date=1180446787
    Quote Originally Posted by Andy Freeman link=1180438568/0#4 date=1180445536
    a whole day of texturing milk has to great training for a future latte artist too. 8-)

    Maybe not. I watched a McCafe coffee being made the other day (for me - I was desperate :-[ ). The girl at the machine put the steam wand into the milk jug and pulled it down into the milk (the wand is telescopic), turned on the steam then went away while it heated the milk.

    Ron
    Ive seen the barista at my fave cafe do this, after he stretched it a little, come back and pour a perfect rosetta and at the perfect temperature.

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    I know that some local barista trainers see Maccas staff come though their courses when they decide they want to learn more than is offered in the McTraining McPackage. Although I share a common scorn for their product, I dont scorn their people and I think that a Maccas coffee job is in some ways no worse than at many other cafes. A person who is also interested in coffee can (as Andy said) a least get a chance to practice a lot - and even pour the occasional rosetta.

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    Re: working at McCafe

    Quote Originally Posted by alexjy_92 link=1180438568/0#0 date=1180438568
    Hello there, just wondering if anyone out there works for mccafe and if they do how did they get the job, did you have prior experience ect.
    Info is greatly appreaciated as i am trying to get a job there. :P
    Hi Alex!

    *Puts hand up

    I work at a McCafe...and I run it.

    Experience? At the time when we started (a little over 3 years ago) I didnt have any experience, and what I did have was taught at Maccas HQ...(which only now they are starting to do what experienced cafe owners do). There are alot of things that I have bought into OUR store only because I have more experience that was either self taught or what I acquired going to Barista courses held at William Angliss College and incorporating them into what I do when I make coffees at work. All courses that I did were paid for by my Store Owner/Operator, because he was overjoyed that someone actually wanted to produce a good coffee...not something that resembled it.

    If you want to get into it, I think you have to do it all online now. Make sure you let them know that you are INTO coffee and want to bring something that would benefit McCafe in that store.

    On a small note about the "Coffee"...The beans for Maccas are actually not a bad roast...I have taken some home myself to try on my machine and they are not too shabby. They produce a fantastic crema, ( I will try and take a pic to show), for an Arabica bean from Nestle, I think they pass ok. *[smiley=thumbsup.gif]

    Oh, and walking away while the wand is in the milk steaming...They get a rap on the knuckles from me if they do....I wont tolerate it. *[smiley=evil.gif]

    -Linda

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    Im afraid that my experience of McCafe coffee is that it isnt as good at the automatic machine the Maccas have elsewhere in the store. In fact, it is often quite bad - even worse than my own coffee.

    As a result, I rarely buy from McCafe - I only buy from there when the automatic machine is not working.

    My wife has found the same.

    When the McCafes first started they werent too bad but they have dropped off markedly.

    Ron

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmyb link=1180438568/0#8 date=1180485476
    Quote Originally Posted by p38arover link=1180438568/0#6 date=1180446787
    Quote Originally Posted by Andy Freeman link=1180438568/0#4 date=1180445536
    a whole day of texturing milk has to great training for a future latte artist too. * 8-)

    Maybe not. *I watched a McCafe coffee being made the other day (for me - I was desperate *:-[ ). *The girl at the machine put the steam wand into the milk jug and pulled it down into the milk (the wand is telescopic), turned on the steam then went away while it heated the milk.

    Ron
    Ive seen the barista at my fave cafe do this, after he stretched it a little, come back and pour a perfect rosetta and at the perfect temperature.
    Yeah, at the course he ran at di Bartoli, Scott Callaghan mentioned some really good baristas will hang the jug to improve efficiency and time management.

    Maybe its one of those things you only do if youre really, really bad, or really, really good!

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    Nestle.....ahhh.....damn corporate giants...

    anyways...look, McCafe is no different to Starbucks, Gloria Jeans or Hudsons...they all offer a product of almost comparable quality where ever you go. Thats the power of franchises, you know what youre going to get!

    But I was at Maccas HQ on Victoria St in Melbourne the other week and omg....First of all a girl fills a 1.5L pitcher half full of milk (the other half already being steamed previously I guess?), opens up the steam wand and submerges the wand deep in to the jug and lets the milk boil for a good 2 minutes....all the while that awful screeching noise is happening because she didnt let any air in....then decides to let in some froth after the milk is probably way over temperature and boiling.

    Reminds me of the BBC article posted here of how to texture milk. She pours the guy a cappuccino and sends the customer on his way.

    The reason I only realised this was because I was like..omg what the hell is that awful noise...thats gotta be milk!


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    Quote Originally Posted by mwatt link=1180438568/0#12 date=1180503765
    Quote Originally Posted by jimmyb link=1180438568/0#8 date=1180485476
    Quote Originally Posted by p38arover link=1180438568/0#6 date=1180446787
    Quote Originally Posted by Andy Freeman link=1180438568/0#4 date=1180445536
    a whole day of texturing milk has to great training for a future latte artist too. 8-)

    Maybe not. I watched a McCafe coffee being made the other day (for me - I was desperate :-[ ). The girl at the machine put the steam wand into the milk jug and pulled it down into the milk (the wand is telescopic), turned on the steam then went away while it heated the milk.

    Ron
    Ive seen the barista at my fave cafe do this, after he stretched it a little, come back and pour a perfect rosetta and at the perfect temperature.
    Yeah, at the course he ran at di Bartoli, Scott Callaghan mentioned some really good baristas will hang the jug to improve efficiency and time management.

    Maybe its one of those things you only do if youre really, really bad, or really, really good!
    Look, some busy places do it, they prop the jug up on a cup and let it stretch and roll the milk on its own. It works well. I used to do it for a few months when I used to work the weekends at a 120 kg/week place. It creates excellent microfoam with minimum effort. Leave the jug on whilst pulling shots on all your group handles. Works a treat if youre in a tight position with no one able to help you bang out the coffees other than put on chocolate and lids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by p38arover link=1180438568/0#11 date=1180503542
    As a result, I rarely buy from McCafe - I only buy from there when the automatic machine is not working.
    Is this the one they use for Drive-thru that you are referring to? Or the one that you actually have to steam the milk by hand?

    Wushoes: Yes the 1.5lt jug...it is something I dont use and unless we get a bus in full of oldies who all want a coffee, it doesnt get used.

    They are actually implementing the procedure of "discarding any milk left in the jug before making another one"...I do this ALL the time anyway. I will not use milk left in the jug or top it up.

    -Linda

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    Drive-thru vs McCafe steamed by hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by p38arover link=1180438568/15#16 date=1180504389
    Drive-thru vs McCafe steamed by hand.
    Ah yes.....now drive-thru machine is not a fav of mine. This is a fully auto machine, We dont have one atm...we will be soon though...to take pressure off the REAL machine at front counter. :)

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    After reading all this Im thinkin that not all McCafes are the same - one day, when I go down to Melbourne and go on a cafe crawl, Im going to put Lindas McCafe on the list :)

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    they still use the same beans though. Ive seen people do great coffee at Gloria Jeans but that doesnt mean its going to taste great. Did you know that Gloria Jeans doesnt serve coffee unless the shot is between 23 and 28 seconds.

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    yep...and they all use tampers...amazing :P

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    Re: working at McCafe

    Ive tried the coffee at a few Mc Cafes (as you do when youve got 4 nearly 5 children!)

    and I prefer their dripolator coffee,

    at least I know what I am going to get!

    Otherwise its just like going into any potluck cafe and hoping the Java is going to be drinkable.

    However as for getting a job there, go for it!

    As an employer when looking at resumes a maccas stamp tells me that the person has at least

    had some customer service training and may well be worth employing, subject to reference

    checking and a tryout at my business.

    Craig.



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