Coffee Shop Cover Letter

Dear Mr. Jones,

I was excited to learn that Starbucks has an opening in their local coffee shop and I am writing to apply. I have two years of experience working as a barista at The Grind and would like to bring my skills in making espresso drinks to Starbucks. I have an extensive knowledge of many different coffee drinks and a strong motivation to provide excellent service.

My work at The Grind Coffee Shop involves taking orders, making drinks as specified, grinding and ordering beans and running the cash register. I am fast and efficient and rarely have to refer to recipes. My learning curve will be quick if I begin working at Starbucks as I have already attained a significant knowledge base.

I know nothing goes better with a good espresso drink than an equally tasty sandwich or pastry. I make recommendations and suggestively sell these accoutrements to customers. My work in the coffee shop is aided greatly by my strong interpersonal and customer service skills.

I would be a great addition as a barista at Starbuck’s Coffee Shop. I have completed the online application and have attached my resume to this email. Please respond soon to schedule an in person interview.


Shirley Sutherland

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Jay Martin
Sometown, OR 55555 | (555) 555-5555 |

November 20, 2017

Ms. Emma Fowler
HR Manager
ABC Company
55 Belmont Dr.
Sometown, OR 55555

Re: Barista, Advertised on Monster

Dear Ms. Fowler:

I love people and I love coffee, so it’s easy to see why my friends and family say I was “born to barista.” In my current role as a barista for XYZ Coffeehouse, I prepare premium-quality beverages, deliver service excellence, cultivate repeat business and advance team success. I’ve contributed to the business winning local awards, including Sometown’s “Best Cup of Coffee,” “Best Coffeehouse” and “Best Place for a Coffee Date.”

During my career as a professional barista, I’ve earned a reputation as…

  • A “Java Jedi”: With A-Z coffee knowledge that spans everything from Americano drinks to Zimbabwe bean blends, I’m affectionately known as the “Java Jedi” by customers and co-workers. I take pride in delighting customers and generating impressive revenues. Examples include my “Cinna-S’more” coffee roast blend (a top seller during the 2016 and 2017 holiday seasons) and “Mocha Madness” iced and hot beverage recipes (local favorites that are highly Instagrammed).
  • A Planner of Sales-Driving, Community-Minded Events: I’ve helped organize events that increased sales and promoted strong business-community ties, including high school art exhibits, an espresso-tasting fundraiser for Sometown Opera and food drives for Sometown Food Bank.

I don’t just want to punch a timeclock and collect a paycheck. What motivates me is brightening a customer’s day; advancing community goodwill; and creating a thriving, local “hub” where people can gather to enjoy lively conversation, find a homey second office, escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life, support local artists and, of course, enjoy a great cup of coffee.

After 25 years in business, XYZ Coffeehouse is preparing to close its doors permanently. If you agree that I’m the type of customer-centric and innovative barista you are seeking, please contact me at (555) 555-5555 or email to schedule a meeting. Thank you.


Jay Martin
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