About Us

After years of working in cafes in Melbourne, New York, and wherever we found ourselves, the one constant we recognised was that cafes needed a way to quickly book high quality, accredited staff at short notice.

The old agencies didn’t solve the headache that was rostering. They were super expensive, or more importantly, they just didn’t provide the quality of staff required.

So, Need a Barista was born! We make sure every barista on our service is the kind of person we’d want walking into a cafe we own. Simple.  We started with a couple of laptops and a homemade website, covering the first shifts we booked (seriously) ourselves. That was in 2014. Since then, we’ve covered over 40,000 shifts at amazing cafes, with amazing baristas. We love that we get to spend our days connecting top local baristas with the cafes in their city that they love, and we look forward to welcoming you to the Need a Barista family.