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Is it difficult learning/memorizing all of the different drink recipes?

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No, not at all. That is the number one question from new employees. Like anything, it takes practice, but more for the speed and fluidity than memorisation of the ingredients. If the training is implemented properly and time given on bar, the drinks become second nature. Every drink has a specific recipe, but each bar (hot, cold, Frappuccino, etc.) has a set amount of drink models. Hot bar (lattes, coffee, macchiatos, etc.) has around 6 drink models. In other words, employees only need to memorise these 6 models and every standard drink can be created from them. Easy!

Answered - Barista/Shift Supervisor (Former Employee) - Calgary, AB

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Its easy to learn and can easily get support when needed.

Answered - Starbucks Barista (Former Employee) - Toronto, ON

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Not at all

Answered - Barista/Marketing and Public Relations (Former Employee) - Brandon, MB

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This was definitely my biggest fear about coming into this company! I do have to say though, it's not NEARLY as difficult as you'd think! All of their drinks are essentially based off of a couple base line recipes, and then modified by substituting different flavours/milks/etc. Once you have learned the basic recipes and are comfortable enough with all of the flavouring options you have to work with, making each drink is as simple as subbing one ingredient for another! It all is taught to you with routine, so it is super easy to fall into the habit of drink crafting! Not at all as overwhelming as I assumed it'd be, and Starbucks holds all of their barista trainers to such a high standard that I assure you'll be super comfortable with asking any questions you feel the need to!

Answered - Shift Supervisor (Current Employee) - Fort McMurray, AB

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Not at all

Answered - ASSISTANT MANAGER (Former Employee) - Calgary, AB

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Yes it was very difficult

Answered - Cashier (Former Employee) - Thompson, MB

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At first, but as you get the hang of it you realize that there is really just one recipe that just gets modified depending on the drink. Give it up to three months and you'll be a pro. Don't be worried, none of your coworkers will blame you for the learning curve as they've all gone through it.

Answered - Barista (Former Employee) - Calgary, AB

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It is stressful and difficult to memorize the drink menu. Takes months.

Answered - Assistant Store Manager (Former Employee) - Kitchener, ON

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The first few weeks are memorization heavy but after you have the basics the rest followes

Answered - Canada - Store manager/shift supervisor (Current Employee) - Montrèal & Edmonton

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No, not at all since its all the same concept what differs is flavours, which is released seasonally with new drinks.

Answered - barista (Former Employee) - beirut rawche

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