Preparing and cooking food for a hundred people was not something that I was prepared to do. I didn't have the supplies, kitchen space or energy to even consider doing so. As I was talking with some friends trying to get them to help, we decided to start looking into some catering options instead of doing all of the work ourselves. I had no idea that there were so many types of caterers that prepared such a wide variety of foods. That is why I created my blog to help others considering using a catering service to prepare the food for their next party.
In some ways, working as a barista at a drive-through coffee shop is preferable to working at a typical, dine-in coffee shop. You don't have to keep tables clean or bring drinks to customers' tables. But when it's the morning rush and everyone is stopping for coffee on their way to work, keeping people moving through the drive-thru line quickly can be tough. Here are some tips to help you handle that rush hour with speed and grace when you're working as a barista at a drive-thru coffee shop.
Keep drip coffees poured and ready.
Regardless of your menu, there are always going to be lots of people ordering basic, drip coffee. So, whenever you have a spare second, pour a couple of extra drip coffees and set them aside. When the next customer orders one, which will likely be within minutes, you can just hand them one of the pre-poured coffees, getting them through the line faster.
A good time to pour "spare" coffees is when the previous customer is pulling away, and the next customer is still pulling up to your window. You can also pour ahead when a customer is looking for change or fumbling to pay with a credit card.
Set a tip cup out.
A good number of customers are going to want to tip you, but having to accept each of those tips by hand slows you down during the rush. So, even if you only do so for the rush hour, you should consider putting out a tip cup or a tip jar instead. This way, customers can just drop their tips in without you having to stop and grab them. This also saves you from having to repeatedly wash your hands after handling money, which is a relief when you're so busy.
Keep everything in the same place.
When you set up your coffee, cups, mix-ins, and other items for the morning rush hour, make sure they are in the same place every day. Within a few days, you'll unintentionally memorize where everything is, and then you'll be able to make drinks a lot faster. You'll spend a lot less time looking around and trying to figure out where things are.
The morning rush can be really busy when you're a barista at a drive-thru stand. But if you follow the tips above, you should be able to speed up service and keep customers happy. Look for a place like Gravity Coffee Company in your area.Share