our team

We are a motley crew of artists, writers, music lovers, students, creative geniuses and dog-lovers who have a deep passion for coffee. And we are also opportunists – which means we are always on the lookout for witty, hard-working, experienced baristas to join us. Though we are absolutely looking for our potential hires to have coffee/barista experience, we hire based on personality first. We very much believe in on-going training, so you can count on being taught our highly-guarded, proprietary Swork standards of espresso preparation and coffee knowledge (some of those adjectives may have been exaggerations). The good news: you don’t have to be a Jedi-Master-Barista… at least not yet. At the very least, you absolutely must love the taste of coffee and be open and willing to learn more about this craft over which we obsess daily. You see, here in our neck of the woods, we're all somewhat addicted to coffee, and if it’s not coursing through your veins right now, then you may want to redirect your attention elsewhere...

Don't apply if...

Because time is hard to come by, we would like to try to save some time and effort on your part. If any of the follow statements describe you, we kindly ask that you submit your application elsewhere: If you are currently working at another coffee bar. If you are waiting for a call back from a third-wave coffee bar that you’ve been stalking on Instagram. If you pass the buck to your co-worker. If you are complaint-oriented as opposed to solution-oriented. If you cannot work evenings and weekends. If you only are available to work mornings because you think the tips are better. If you do not worship, consume, and breathe coffee (as you will be forced to cup coffee daily–and there is no way to hide a tea-toting barista double agent). And finally, the crescendo: If you are uncomfortable interacting with diversity of all colors, including but not limited to hipsters, LGBTQ, students, artists, moms, nursing moms, dads, toddlers, rogue toddles, babies, crying babies, our displaced, homeless, and mentally ill friends, patchouli-scented hippies, clowns, petite people, robust people, dogs, cats, and hamsters, please do not apply. We only say this because we want you to be happy working here, and we want to be happy working with you too. Now, if you haven’t clicked that back button yet and you still think that you might like to work with us, by all means, continue reading!


Is this you?

We hire champions – period. Are you kind and genuine with people, customers, and co-workers alike? Can you focus on making people feel good even when you’re having a less-than-stellar day? Are you good at connecting with people, reading faces/body language, and empathizing? Does the challenge of working efficiently and skillfully under pressure (without losing your sense of humor) interest you? This isn’t a sit-around-on-your-phone-drinking-coffee job… you really gotta hustle! There’s always work to do, of course, even when things are slow, but when there’s a line out that door, it’s game on. Can you take responsibility for your work? Do you take pride in a job well done? What about the not-so-glamorous jobs, like scrubbing out floor drains, mopping and cleaning the bathroom, washing dishes – can you do those too? Can you get up at the crack of dawn (and function?) without looking like you stayed up til 3am watching Friends re-runs? Not all our shifts are super early ones, but a good half of them are. Can you be on your feet for long stretches without complaining? Are you dependable and trustworthy? Can your co-workers rely on you? Can you lift a 25 lb. box and leap tall buildings in a single bound? And finally, can you make a one-year commitment (minimum) to being a part of our team? Because it takes time to become a barista, and that’s an investment on both ends.

If you made it this far, you may already have the job. Click the button below to tell us why you want to work here, upload your resume, and answer a couple other questions. Bonus points if you include a stock tip or a witty joke.