Starbucks Black Aprons Have a Different Meaning Than the Green Aprons

When you think of a Starbucks barista, you probably picture them wearing a green apron as they whip up your favorite “secret menu” coffee drinks. The majority of employees slip on the classic green Starbucks apron featuring the company’s signature logo on the front, but occasionally you may encounter something different at your local coffee shop: a barista wearing a Starbucks black apron.

Starbucks has a specific color system for its uniform aprons. Each color signifies a special characteristic about the barista or store, a seasonal shift or a level of training that the barista has achieved. So, what’s the story behind Starbucks’ colored aprons? A look back into the company’s history helps us crack the color code.