The Struggle Of Being A Barista

12 Things Your Local Coffee Shop Barista Is Really Thinking

Time to spill the tea. Or rather, the coffee.

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Being in the service industry is an interesting experience to put it simply. People in the service industry have some of the best life skills you could have because we have to deal with a variety of situations and a wide range of people on a daily basis. I have worked at a coffee shop for almost 3 years and I have some pretty wild stories, a lot good and bad. I'd have to say with no limitations, that if you have not worked in the service industry (especially food or drink) you have absolutely no idea how hard it can be.

1. Please Just Acknowledge That I'm A Human

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There's nothing worse than having customers who won't make eye contact with you, say hello, thank you, etc. It concerns me how there are people out there who'll completely ignore my, "Good morning, how are you doing today?" to just ramble out what they want to order. Like, do I even exist?

2. Don't Question What I Know, I Work Here

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I understand that there are a lot of incompetent workers out there who really don't know what they are talking about, but when I am the manager on duty at my coffee shop and a customer questions if I'm really telling them the truth about not selling doughnuts, it makes me want to disappear into the floor. Please don't ask me twice about a simple question since, you know, I work here.

3. Please, Please, Please Speak Up. Please.

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I must be really good at my job, because I get so many people who are barely making a sound and I can still figure out what they are ordering. How hard is it to actually talk at a normal sound level, I'll never know.

4. Your Total Isn't Going To Be The Same Price As The Menu, Tax Exists.

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To all the people out there who say, "But it says that drink is $4.39, why is it $5.20?". Tax honey, tax.

5. Don't Start Eating A Granola Bar You Haven't Paid For Yet

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There's nothing more gross than having a hot sweaty runner come in, open a granola bar in line, start eating it, and then having them hand you their unwrapped chewed on piece of food. Just be patient and wait please.

6. Iced And Blended

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I actually would love to know how so many people don't know the difference between an iced drink and a blended drink; it's in the name. "So is a blended drink just crushed up ice?" no Susan, your blended drink is made in the blender, therefore everything is blended together. Thank you, next.

7. Dark, White, And Milk Chocolate

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We have 3 choices of chocolate that people can get in their drinks where I work. For the first time last year I got a customer who asked me what the difference between them all is, and ever since that day I get asked so much more frequently. It concerns me that people feel the need to ask me that question, because frankly I don't know how to answer it without making the customer feel stupid.

8. Grabbing A Drink That Isn't Yours

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When I call out a large iced milk chocolate mocha for Amy and a guy named Tom who ordered a medium black coffee comes up to grab it, why? It's an awkward situation, to say the least. I have to go, "Did you order a large iced milk chocolate mocha?" followed by a, "No, I ordered a medium black coffee." then why do you think it's yours?

9. Coming Behind The Counter

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At the coffee shop, we have a long counter and bar area with an opening at the end for people who work there to get in. Here's my number one tip for customers around the world: Stop walking behind the counter and grabbing things when you don't work there. Why do people think it's okay to do? I'll never know. Please just ask if you need something and I will get it for you.

10. If We Close At Seven, We Are Closed

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Please don't come in at 6:59pm with your bag of food from another place, sit down, and start eating.

11. Please Tip Your Coins, It Matters

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I won't get into all the dirty details about tipping, but if you order something and pay with cash and have only coins handed back, please tip them. Some people think that it's rude to just put coins in the tip jar even if it's a couple pennies, but your coins matter! I bring all my tip coins to the bank every month or two months and I can get anywhere from $30-80.

12. Don't Tell Me To Smile More, It's Creepy

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I have had a lot of older, male customers tell me to smile more, and they try to be cute about it but they aren't. I do my job very well, in which I always smile and act polite to customers. But I might be having a harder day, therefor a weaker smile. It's not your position to tell me to smile more.

Baristas are the ones that are giving you the boost in your day to keep moving. Without us, you would be hungry and exhausted. We are people just like you and serving coffee is our job, so please respect us, and we will do the same back!

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12 Starbucks Iced Drinks You NEED In Your Life This Summer

Must-try beverages brought to you by your local barista.
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Be kind to your baristas, they can make you some pretty great drinks. With the temperature rising and the days getting longer, it's approaching the time to find your summer staple to keep you cool (and caffeinated) over the next few months.

Starbucks offers a wide variety of cold beverages that really hit the spot during the summer months, from espresso drinks to fraps, smoothies, teas and refreshers. As a Starbucks barista, I've had the opportunity to taste most drinks on the menu and receive feedback from customers on the do's and don'ts of cold beverages.

While this is not an exhaustive list, I pulled together some of my favorites to give you, the "Ultimate Starbucks Iced Beverage Bucket List for 2017" that you MUST try this season:

1. Pink Drink

Three words: Basic white girl. If you want a photogenic drink that tastes like a Starburst and makes baristas happy, the Pink Drink is for you. It's a pretty simple beverage... this Strawberry Acai Refresher combined with Coconutmilk is sure to satisfy your hipster needs.

2. Iced White Mocha

This sinfully sweet iced espresso drink is not only one of the most popular beverages on the menu, but sure to wake you up at any time of day. Jazz it up by asking for half white chocolate, half mocha sauce, topped with a mocha drizzle, and you've got yourself an Iced Tuxedo Mocha!

3. Doubleshot on Ice

If nothing else, this quick pick-me-up looks classy while giving you the energy boost you need to get through the day. With two shots of espresso, a bit of milk and classic syrup, this drink is easy to enjoy in little time... it's like a caffeine I.V.!

4. Iced Caramel Machiatto

Surprise, surprise... Caramel Machiattos are actually made with vanilla syrup. Nonetheless, these espresso-topped beverages are absolutely delicious at any time of year, but summer calls for ice! Want to change things up? Ask your barista to make it with half vanilla syrup, half toffee nut syrup to make an Iced Salted Caramel Machiatto!

5. Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher

A sister to the Pink Drink, the Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher is a fruit juice-blackberry combo that makes for a pretty chilled beverage to enjoy on the go. The caffeine content is minimal, making it a great option for any time of day.


6. Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew

Cold Brew is basically Starbucks' version of a smoother-tasting iced coffee with more caffeine. The Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew is a standard drink topped with vanilla-flavored heavy cream to create a sweet taste and a marbled appearance in the beverage. Want something with flavor, but not in the mood for vanilla? Try the Toasted Coconut Cold Brew!


7. Mango Black Tea Lemonade

The Mango Black Tea Lemonade is one of the most popular drinks on the menu. Iced Teavana tea mixed with mango syrup and lemonade makes for the perfect combination

8. Iced Chai Tea Latte

Iced Chais - sound so sophisticated, yet so simple to make. If you order this drink, there is a 10/10 chance that your barista will love you for it. Milk mixed with a sweet and spicy chai syrup makes for a classy drink that can be enjoyed at any time of day.


9. Iced Cinnamon Almondmilk Machiatto

The identifying characteristic that makes a macchiato, well, a macchiato is that the espresso shots are poured on top of the milk and flavoring. Starbucks' Iced Cinnamon Almondmilk Machiatto is a combination of cinnamon dolce syrup and almondmilk topped with espresso shots, a caramel drizzle and a cinnamon dolce topping to create a delicious dairy-free option in the macchiato family.

10. Sunset Refresher

This secret menu drink is fairly simple to make with a cool lime base, lemonade, lime slices, and ice topped with black tea. When finished, the drink will have an ombré appearance that makes it totally picture-worthy!

11. Iced Caffè Americano

Calling all espresso lovers: Americanos are a Starbucks signature. The drink itself is pretty simple - espresso and water topped with ice, but if you're feeling particularly adventurous, you can mix things up with a flavored syrup. This drink is sure to wake you right up, no matter the time of day.

12. Strawberry Lemonade

Want something cold but not feeling coffee or a frap? Frozen Strawberry Lemonade is definitely worth a try! While this drink is not on the menu, most baristas are happy to make it upon request. Just ask for a combination of strawberry flavoring, lemonade, and ice blended together for a slushie-like beverage!

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The Best Starbucks Drink For Each Of The Four Season

Each season I tend to switch up my Starbucks drinks, it just doesn't feel right drinking mint in the summer.

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I am a huge Starbucks fan, there are times I have gone to the one on my college campus three times in the same day. It's kind of embarrassing and yes some employees have remembered my name. Each season I find myself drinking a different drink but I have some personal favorites for each season.

Autumn

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In the fall, I am not huge into pumpkin spice like everyone else. I'll drink it for sure but I tend to lean towards anything with apple. The caramel apple spice drink is to die for. It has me excited for the leaves to change. It's perfect for the slight cold breeze outside but not too chilly. Perfect drink to sit outside and sightsee all the pretty fall sights going on around you during this beautiful season.

Winter

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In the winter, I am very basic. The peppermint mocha is by far the best drink on that entire menu. I honestly could drink it all day. Iced or hot you really cannot go wrong with it. This drink has me in the perfect mood for the holidays, aka the best time of the year. I find myself very cheerful around the holidays. I love the season of giving and spending time with my whole family. The drink just wraps it all together and makes this time of the year even more perfect.

Spring

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With the current season being spring, I find myself drinking iced strawberry white tea lemonade infusion, and sweetened with raspberry. It's complicated, I know but its so worth it in the end. I don't even know the last time I drank coffee because I am physically addicted to this drink.

Summer

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In the summer, I drink a lot of the peach green tea lemonade infusion, also sweetened. Absolutely addicting. It's the perfect drink to go along with your hot summer day out with your friends. It is so refreshing, for how humid it can be outside.

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