Modern Times Beer- Barista

Job Description: 

Modern Times Beer- Barista 


The Barista is a part of a larger group of individuals that make up the Café Team. The Modern Times Café is managed collectively by the Baristas, meaning that the café operates as a non-hierarchical system that makes each individual equally responsible for the management and success of the café. Along with having a deep knowledge and passion for coffee, the Barista must also have a deep passion for working collectively with a team, ability to maintain the day-to-day operations of the cafe, and must possess a deep desire to contribute to the café’s success. Candidates must share Modern Times’ high commitment to quality, safety, business ethics, and continuous innovation.   


  • Adheres to the values listed in the Values Manifesto. Those values are: communication, honesty & trust, collaboration, accountability, humility, and willingness to learn & teach
  • Works collectively with the coffee team to make decisions and formulate ideas
  • Possess a passion for innovation and new ideas, and is able to work with the team to see those ideas come to fruition
  • Possess a serious passion for specialty coffee. Bonus points for having an equal passion for beer
  • Possess deep knowledge of all things related to coffee, from processing, to preparation
  • Possess the desire to learn more about coffee as well as other aspects of the company
  • Willing to assist the roastery in tasks that require extra help, including but not limited to bagging retail coffee, processing wholesale orders, assisting in cold brew production, delivering wholesale orders, and cleaning areas outside of the immediate café
  • Willing to organize demos at grocery stores and events, both internal and off-site
  • Proficiency in all things espresso, with extra emphasis on handling non-dairy milks
  • Ability to familiarize yourself with all of the coffees being served at the beginning of every shift
  • Ability to regularly monitor quality of beverages being served and know what appropriate action to take to correct quality inconsistencies
  • Ability to dial in and pull espresso, make pour overs, measure, dose, blend, and prepare slushie as needed
  • Be an expert in all things Modern Times: history and heritage, history of brewing and brewing process, the coffee and craft beer industry, beer and coffee styles and ingredients, and basic sales knowledge
  • Setup the cafe in the morning
  • Close cafe down and clean it up at the end of the service day
  • Efficient cafe station management, including a consistently clean workspace
  • Keep supplies and products well stocked
  • Execute transactions, exchanges, and refunds through our POS system
  • Maintain responsibility for cash drawers, accounting, and reporting while on shift
  • Reinforce and provide accountability for all cash handling processes including credit card, traveler’s check, and gift certificate transactions
  • Maintain responsibility for cash drawers, counting and reporting while on shift
  • Completely and accurately cash out
  • Greet and assist consumers and accounts as a representative of the brand by bring friendly, enthusiastic, energetic, and outgoing
  • Ensure ​cafe area is organized, stocked, clean, and inviting
  • Maintain appropriate inventory display and quantities throughout the day
  • Maintain all safety and sanitation standards
  • Adhere to and enforce all applicable local, state, and federal laws, rules, and regulations
  • Some offsite work may be requested for scheduled events
  • Set-up, attend, and break down all materials for festival and outside events
  • Up to 25% travel time may be required for off-site scheduled events
  • Other tasks as needed


  • Must be 21 years of age or older at the time of application
  • Able to pass a post-offer, pre-employment background check 
  • Valid San Diego Food Handler Certification is required
  • Minimum 1 year experience in a customer service environment is required
  • 1 year experience in a specialty café preferred
  • Preferred LEAD certification
  • Working knowledge of cash handling, calculator skills, guest relations, register skills, cash-outs, and salesmanship
  • Able to maintain a professional appearance and demeanor


  • Able to stand, walk, and be on your feet for prolonged periods
  • Able to read and follow written English instructions
  • Able to regularly twist, turn, kneel, climb, stoop, bend, crawl, lift, and carry supplies and equipment weighing up to 55 pounds using appropriate techniques and tools
  • Able to handle multiple tasks at one time efficiently and with an upbeat, friendly attitude
  • Able to work nights, weekends, and holidays
  • Able to work both independently and in a team environment
  • Preferred comprehensive knowledge of Modern Times products, history, and heritage
  • Preferred knowledge of craft beer and coffee
  • Thorough attention to detail and desire to take initiative
  • Must adhere to company’s policies and procedures
  • The desire to work in a fast-paced, growing company
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a love for meeting and interacting with peopleAble to safely navigate the tasting room and snack bar areas, including crowded spaces
  • Able to maneuver packages of any weight above 75 pounds with appropriate equipment and/or assistance
  • Able to move up to 165 pounds, using appropriate techniques and tools
  • Able to work in a factory/production environment which may be loud, slick, humid, cold, and hot
  • Able to work in indoor and outdoor environments with moderate noise and occasionally slippery floors
  • Able to comply with and enforce all health, safety, and personal hygiene policies and standards


Full-time employees become eligible for benefits on the first 1st after 30 days of employment (For instance, if your start date is May 15th, you’d be eligible for benefits July 1st).

  • Health benefits (with a 50% employer contribution)
  • Dental benefits (with a 100% employer contribution)
  • Vision benefits (with a 100% employer contribution)
  • Chiropractic & Acupuncture benefits (with a 100% employer contribution)
  • Life insurance (with a 100% employer contribution)
  • Long-term disability (with a 100% employer contribution
  • Transportation credit for eco-friendly commutes to work
  • Eligible to participate in 401(k)
  • Eligible for 2-month paid sabbatical after 5 years
  • Radical Beer Perks


**Applications Accepted Until This Role Is Filled**



Modern Times is a 30bbl production brewery in the Point Loma neighborhood of San Diego. Modern Times is named after a beautifully crazy utopian community founded in 1850, and (almost) all of our beers are named after real utopian experiments or mythological utopias. Today, we're distributed throughout Southern California, San Francisco, the Central Coast, Maui, and select international markets. We operate a tasting room at the brewery, as well as in San Diego’s North Park community. We plan to open a pilot brewery, restaurant, and specialty coffee shop in Los Angeles in 2016. We brewed our first batch on May 18th, 2013; our beer went on tap for the first time on June 24th 2013; we held the soft opening for the Lomaland Fermentorium tasting room on August 9th, 2013; and our Grand Opening was September 7th, 2013.


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Modern Times Beer strongly supports equal employment opportunity for all applicants regardless of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law.



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Job Location: 
San Diego, CA
United States