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To book a Barista, you'll need an account:

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Your cafe account gives you:

  • Save time booking shifts
  • Get access to special discounts



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First you'll need to register your cafe

Please choose a secure password for your account.

Make a secure password by having at least 8 characters.

Congrats, you're all signed up!

As it’s the first time you’ve booked with us, we just need a little more info about your cafe so we can match you with a gun barista!

You’ll only need to do this once and the info will be saved to your account!

Please make sure this number can be reached by the barista on the day of the shift, ideally your cafes landline, or the mobile of a person that’ll be there on the day.

Book a barista for

Just tell us when you need an amazing barista, and we'll get your shifts covered!

Confirm your Barista Booking for

Please check the details and hit “Confirm Booking” when you’re done.


Just tell us when and where you’ll be needing your barista and we’ll take it from there.

Relax while we match your shift request to one of our gun baristas in your area!

Your barista-partner arrives on the day to cover the shift, and makes amazing coffee for your customers.

Cover Barista Jobs in Melbourne & Sydney

At Need A Barista, we’ve connected thousands of cafe owners to experienced baristas to cover casual shifts in their local city. Whether it’s an emergency situation and you need a shift covered quick-smart, or you have to cover staff on holiday – our highly qualified barista-partners are available, on-demand.

  • This service is a lifesaver! Alex and Tom do such a great job of providing amazing baristas, sometimes at super short notice! We've used them many times and have been really impressed, I have and will continue to highly recommend them to everyone I know in the coffee industry

    Rebecca, Entrecote Melbourne

  • "Thanks to Alex, Tom and the wonderful team of high-quality Baristas on their books. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the "Need a Barista" crew -  the Baristas who have supported the Koko Black stores have been professional, experienced and a great group of people."

    Claire, GM of Human Resources, Koko Black

  • "A unique and great service, highly professional across the board. We have used in our cafe on multiple occasions and would highly recommend."

    Astrid, Mr Burton Cafe

  • "Thanks Alex and team for providing such a great service. We run a high volume CBD cafe and your baristas were able to step in to ensure there was no interruption to our usual standards."

    Mark, Bourke and Wills

  • "Awesome service...and fabulous baristas every Time! So nice to have these guys on hand when you need them!!"

    Richard, Etto Italian

What makes us different? It’s our baristas!

We personally interview, check and vet all of the barista-partners on our service. 3 years minimum experience, reliable, friendly, and super professional. So when you book your next shift with us, you can rest assured that a gun barista will be supporting you on the day. It’s what we do. And, it’s what sets us apart from the rest.


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Barista Emergency? Find cafe staff and temporary baristas – Pronto!

It’s coffee rush hour, you’re a barista down and you need to find cafe staff or a temporary barista quicker than you can say espresso! Good news, Need a Barista provides a qualified emergency barista to any cafe or restaurant in Sydney and Melbourne.

Need a Barista was created to provide a quality emergency barista community that is available to any cafe or restaurant owner. Finding temporary cafe staff or baristas is the last thing you want to be doing when you have hungry busy customers. Need a Barista looks after locating temporary baristas and cafe staff so you can get back to serving your customers coffee!

Here’s how it works.

Create an account with Need a Barista (it takes about 2 minutes). Quality baristas in your city do the same thing. Just log in and book to find a temporary barista or cafe staff in your area. Our coffee fuelled internet spiders connect your request to our pool of highly qualified, experienced and available baristas (this only takes a few minutes). We confirm your emergency barista, and that’s it! They show up, make the coffee and share the caffeine love.

Basically it’s like Uber for baristas – you need one, we send one!

But these are not just any baristas! They are super baristas! Not only can our baristas show off with their coffee art skills and commitment to making delicious coffee, they all have a great love of coffee as well! Our emergency baristas and cafe staff are super qualified, friendly and available anytime.

We get that sometimes you need a barista, at the last minute, and we want to take the stress out of finding temporary cafe staff. That’s why we call them emergency baristas!

Register you cafe today and see how easy, peasy double macchiato squeezy, it is to find and hire emergency baristas and cafe staff!

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