Barista: Rural cafe

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We are delighted to be supporting our client, White River Trading (WRT), to recruit a barista who will be responsible for the preparation of beautiful coffee and other beverages in their rural shop and café. This is an exciting role which is based in the beautiful village of Tomatin, less than 20 minutes from Inverness and Aviemore.

Location:   Tomatin
Pay:          £14.00 per hour
Contract:   Full time and permanent
Hours:       37 hours per week, 5 days out of 7

The barista will work in the community shop and café, a beautiful facility within a stunning hub complex that is in the heart of the village. This is more than a 9 – 5 position and flexibility will be required, including working weekends and occasional evenings.

The shop and café are about to be brought back under community management. This presents an exciting opportunity to join our client at the very start of their journey.

About the role

You will be responsible for preparing high quality beverages in a quaint rural café and for informing customers on the drinks menu, making recommendations based on their preference, and for upselling other items.

Maintaining excellent standards of cleanliness, hygiene and food safety is essential.

You will be responsible for:

  • Grinding and brewing coffee.
  • Consistently providing well-crafted, beautifully presented and tasty beverages.
  • Taking customer orders and receiving payment.
  • Speaking and interacting with both new and regular customers.
  • Maintaining a clean and sanitised working environment.
  • Following health and safety guidelines.
  • Undertake general assistant duties, as and when required (ie waiter/waitress, KP, shop assistant).
  • Leading the shop and café team in the absence of the Operations Manager.

Training and development opportunities will be provided.

Does this sound like a role for you? If yes, we will welcome the chance to talk to you.  Please email a covering letter and an up-to-date CV to

Closing date:      Monday, 8th April 2024
Applications received after this date may not be considered.

WRT is a wholly owned subsidiary and retail arm of Strathdearn Community Development Ltd (SCD). WRT was established to operate and maintain all SCD assets; including the provision of services to the Strathdearn community along with the operation and promotion of “The Strathdearn” (a community hall and resilience centre within Tomatin).

SCD is a company limited by guarantee, with a constitution. It is also a registered charity and regulated by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).

Our client is committed to an active Equal Opportunities Policy, which starts with their recruitment process.


What we need


  • Barista Experience (minimum 1 year).
  • Excellent organisational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to make consistently awesome coffee.
  • Time management skills to work efficiently during rushes.
  • Good physical stamina to stand and work for long periods.
  • Strong standards for cleanliness and hygiene.

Qualifications, knowledge and skills:

  • Developing and maintaining expert knowledge of coffee and educating clients and colleagues about these coffees.
  • Food safety/hygiene certification.
  • Following recipes and presentations for food and beverage items, if needed.
  • Being aware of and following operational policies and procedures.
  • Comply with all health regulations and quality control procedures Ingredient knowledge and ability to find substitutes when needed.


  • Takes pride in beverage preparation and visual presentation.
  • Provide phenomenal customer service.
  • Thrives in a fast-paced environment.
  • Dedicated to cleanliness and reducing waste.
  • Enjoys working collaboratively as part of a small team.

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