1. says

    Cost of living and prevailing wages vary so much regionally. I’m not sure how one would avoid comparing apples to oranges.

  2. says

    It’s quite difficult for a coffee lover like myself to get into the industry. Most positions require experience as a barista, and I’ve yet to find a way to live off that pay.

    • says

      Making the jump from a corporate environment to coffee, you are going to have to change your standard of living. The non monetary rewards are pretty great, and there is still a lot of money to be made in coffee retail. I would say that there are a lot of quality shops that will train if you bring the passion for coffee, customer experience AND cleaning.

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