Does anybody have any advice on how to increase tips as a barista?
I might be opening up a can of worms here. I’m not trying to start a discussion on whether or not baristas should be tipped. I just want some tidbits of advice for baristas so that I can include them on my website.
I have a few common sense suggestions including:
Any other advice?
Chris said:If I'm supposed to get five bucks back, and you start counting out ones, I'll ask for a fiver and get out. If you reach for a five, I'll stop you and let you know that I want ones, and four will do.
I tip pretty darned good when it's my idea, not so much when I'm 'supposed' to.
I have the solution to the $5 change dilemma. If you give somebody a fiver, they may think that you don't know enough to give them the option to tip you and say "forget it". If you count out ones, you will offend others who see that as blatantly looking for a tip.
Here's what you do, say: "That's $5 change, how would you like that? A five? Ones? Maybe some quarters for the car wash? Nickels for the slot machines? Pennies for the fountain?"
If that is true then shouldn't you tip after you get your drink instead of after you pay?
I find it horrifying how strange people are with tipping. Including many of those who posted here. You wont tip if you think they want it?!? What a jack ass thing to do.
Here are some of the things we do at our shop...
*Always make consistently quality drinks.
*Know your customers names, stories and drinks.
Another downside to reading someone's name off of their credit card: They might not actually go by that name. Some people prefer to be called by their middle name, or a "Michael" might go by "Mike", etc. It can make the situation awkward and less personable.