Because things look different from the other side of the counter.
- More often than not, I remember people’s regular coffee orders, sometimes more than their names. It applies to the random girl I see passing to class who loves venti peppermint lattes, the basketball player who always gets a caramel freddo with one shot of espresso or the scottish professor who routinely orders a short latte with a LITTLE foam in his personal Villanova mug. Plus it impresses people when they show up and I ask “the usual?”
- I know it takes me 3 steps to go from the sink to the ice container to the counter, 4 and a 1/2 pumps to fill a grande cup with hot coffee, and about 76-78 seconds to steam milk. But don’t ever ask me to do mental math when giving change because I’m terrible at it.
- One of my favorite things is to give people recommendations. Seriously, if you can’t make up your mind, just ask and I can rattle off a dozen different drinks you’ve never thought of. It makes me feel important.
- I don’t particularly like people who order macchiatos. Mostly because they don’t really know what a macchiato is. Barista lesson: it’s an upside-down latte. So when you order a macchiato and immediately stir it= Your macchiato becomes a latte. You should have just ordered a latte.
- While we’re on the topic, other customers I don’t like: those who order venti cappuccinos (you know it’s all foam right?), others who insist on calling the cups small-medium-large (But your large is my grande and “small” is really a short and it would just be easier if you just used the right terms), and the countless people who say eXpresso (just stop. Please. I’m begging you).
- As a lover of Starbucks, I frequent it often. And even more often I bond with the baristas over typical barista problems. #itsalifestyle
- People who get decaf coffee: Good for you for not being dependent on caffeine. People who are rude to me when you order: I give you decaf because you are dependent on caffeine (hehe).
- I’m good with whipped cream. Just saying.
- Most days I work, I use my shift as a social hour. One of the perks of working at the busiest coffee shops on campus is that I see EVERYONE I know. So you’ll usually find me making a drink and gossiping with the person it’s for.
- They say coffee is addicting, but I want to argue that the smell of coffee is also addicting. Every time I refill the espresso beans, I take a whiff of the bag because it smells so damn good.
- My drink of choice will forever and always be a grande caramel latte with skim milk. <3
Here’s to the barista life & giving people the gift of caffeine.
6 thoughts on “Confessions of a Barista”
This is super interesting. Especially numbers 4 and 5! Any tips on chai?
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I always add a little vanilla to my chai. Or ask for it with soy milk! It adds a little extra something