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Hiring Deadline: Open until filled
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Zip Code: 94110
Industry: All
Employer: Dandelion Chocolate
Job Tracking ID: 1383496092
Job Description:
Dandelion Chocolate is a small, but growing chocolate factory based in the Mission. We make our chocolate from the bean: we source our beans directly and then roast, crack, winnow, grind, conch, temper, and wrap small batches of chocolate. In addition, we have a cafe that serves hot chocolates and pastries made with our chocolate. Our cafe isn't large, but it serves a large volume of guests each day. We aim to create an outstanding customer experience for our guests -- telling our story, sharing our passion for chocolate, and delivering seamless service.

We are currently looking for a part-time (15+ hrs/wk) barista to help prepare and serve espresso drinks made with Four Barrel Coffee. For this position, we're looking for more than simply experience on an espresso machine, but also passion for coffee and incredible attention to detail. We take great pride in making our chocolate, coffee, pastries, and hot chocolates and are thrilled to share them with the San Francisco community and beyond. The position entails:
Creating espresso drinks made with Four Barrel Coffee
Cleaning and maintaining our cafe
Engaging guests with thoughtful service
Learning about our chocolate, its production, and then sharing our story with guests

Requirements

We are looking for someone who can demonstrate great skill in making espresso drinks, preferably someone with 2-3 years of experience working on a manual espresso machine. You must be able to demonstrate the ability to pull a balanced shot and pour well-formed latte art upon request. In addition, we are looking for a quick learner with a great attitude. Essentially we're looking for a coffee nerd with people skills and hands like the wind. More specifically, we're looking for someone with:

A passion for coffee and chocolate
2-3 years of experience making espresso drinks
Availability weekends and late evenings
A passion for making a quality product
A positive attitude
The ability to deliver cheerful, accurate, and thoughtful service
The ability to complete tasks quickly, accurately, and efficiently
Problem-solving skills and adaptability
Critical thinking
A team player
Communication skills
Familiarity with a fast-paced work environment

Employee Type: Full-Time, Part-Time
Compensation: TBD

Restaurant Jobs Description

Cooks

The most important factor to consider when hiring a cook is experience. Preferably, experience in the style of food you will be serving. Cooking candidates should express an enthusiasm for the food you plan to serve. If a cook is professionally trained, be sure that they can handle the speed of a busy kitchen as well as produce delicious dishes. Food safety, such as a Serve Safe certification is also a plus. While cooks don’t need to be as personable as the wait staff or hostess, they should be someone who can work as part of team and be reasonably polite.

Wait Staff

If you are expecting a high paced, quick turnover rate each day, you need someone who can move fast. However, if the view of your restaurant is quiet, intimate, and slow-paced, such as fine dining, then you need someone who is comfortable that type of atmosphere. When interviewing for wait staff positions, ask each candidate what their strengths are. A server should be knowledgeable of the type of food you serve, as well as have a basic familiarity of wine and mixed drinks.

Host

The general job of a restaurant host is to meet, greet, and seat customers. Therefore it is an excellent entry-level job for someone without a lot of restaurant experience (or any). The host should be friendly and courteous, and also know how to handle rushes, waiting lines. A host should be an organized person who is comfortable multi-tasking.

Bartender

This position is often tops on the front-of-the house job ladder. To be a great bartender (and that is the only type you should hire) a person must have a wide knowledge of mixed drinks, be friendly to both customers and staff and be a good listener. Great bartenders can give quality, attentive service to their own customers, while still getting the staff their drinks. Honesty is another important requirement. The bartender handles a lot of cash each shift and you need to be able to trust that he or she will not siphon any off the top.

Dishwasher

This is usually an entry-level position in the business. While dishwashing isn't the most desirable job in a restaurant, it is one of the most important. It's always a good idea to be a little nicer to your dishwashers-- give them a free meal or a tip after a particularly busy night to keep them from walking off in the middle of a shift. Because, if they walk, there is a good chance the owner may have to finish the job! If an employee can stick out a few months in the dish pit, then they are worth bringing up through the ranks, since nothing else will help build character the way dishwashing does.

Busboy (also referred to as a Busser)

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