Becoming a coffee master is a learning journey. The process is simple, yet very time consuming. The master-in-training doesn’t get paid for undergoing this lengthy process.
There is a book, where you learn and retain knowledge at your own pace. The trainee needs to do certain tasks and research in able to earn the Coffee Master title.
Casey Leffel, senior physics major, underwent these steps and recently became the Coffee Master this semester. Leffel said this process took him three months to complete. At the end of his training, he set up a presentation with the directors of Starbucks and proved worthy of the Coffee Master title.
When Leffel was a freshman, he applied to Chartwells and was stationed at Starbucks. He’s been working in the library as a barista for five years. He is now the manager of the store. Leffel happens to be the second coffee master at this location. Leffel’s favorite thing about working at Starbucks is the customer service. He likes getting to know “the usuals” and see the satisfaction on their faces.
There is no incentive for becoming a Coffee Master, other than the special black apron.
“I’m very passionate about knowledge,” Leffel said.
If he were to continue his career as a barista at Starbucks, he said it would be more of an investment.
However, Leffel sai
d he has no life outside of Starbucks. He works a whopping 70 hours a week. Laundry, sleeping and eating is all he has a part from his work. He says his busiest day is Tuesday because it’s when the store receives its shipment of coffee grounds and merchandize.
Apart from the normal barista job description, Leffel said his job is more problem solving and making sure the coffee is the highest quality it can be. The next time you’re wanting to try something new, ask for Leffel at Starbucks, he’ll be able to satisfy your coffee needs.