"Why earning a living wage when you just love your job?" aka WTF is wrong with the owner mindset in the Czech Republic.
I saw and experienced this many times: Barista's motivation to be better and grow just stops and turns into frustration when there's no visible room to grow as a professional and there's the continuous month in, month out struggle of barely paying the rent and other things on time. Minimum wage in the Czech Republic is €4 per hour, majority of baristas live from this + the tips and free coffee, usually without a proper contract and social security. Try paying a €450 rent from that.
I can think of just a few (maybe 7) specialty coffee shops/companies here that lead by example in Czech Rep. The rest does it as mentioned above.
The owner mindset in the Czech Republic often goes like this: "Why should I give you a raise when you don't bring any additional value to the company? Grow as a professional, learn a lot in your spare time, teach others, take extra hours, maybe win some competition and then we can talk about more opportunities for you." - And how the fuck is the barista supposed to grow and be mentally ready for all of that when they struggle financially?