40 Barista Confessions That Prove They Earn Their Tips
Competent baristas take their job seriously but avoid taking themselves too seriously. They understand that producing a quality beverage is as much about satisfying the consumer as it is about the science of coffee creation. Because of this, their task is more complex than it may seem. First, there are all the technical things, such as learning to generate silky steamed milk with the ideal texture and then creating stunning latte art. Then comes the hard part!
The typical aches and pains of working in the hospitality industry include scrubbing the restrooms and cleaning the coffee makers. However, it’s the questions, concerns, and criticisms of their clientele that present the most problems. With all this in mind, we invite you to dive into this compilation of barista tales that will make you understand just how hard they work for their tips.
Read on for your daily dose of caffeine!
Grab and Go
Are you experiencing a coffee craving? All you need to do is enter a coffee shop and place your order. Line up at the counter, describe the beverage you’re craving, and give your name to the barista. All that’s left is to wait for your name to be called.
This story's customer is incredibly annoying since he insisted on having his barista count all his coins before handing over a $20 note he had with him the entire time.
Never Ask Questions Again
Violated Honey Bear
This Isn’t Starbucks
Working with the Public
Not Grateful at All
An Early Morning Drip
Many different pieces of equipment can be bought to craft coffee, and every country has its ways of coaxing a distinctive flavor from the beans. For example, coffee can be brewed in a percolator, a filter, or a French Press, and the brewing method will affect how the coffee tastes.
The real benefit of a drive-thru coffee shop is that it offers a quick, practical alternative for customers who don’t have time for a dine-in experience. This tale is particularly bizarre because it concerns a customer who ordered coffee the day before and then complained that it was cold when they arrived.
A Coffee with Attitude, Please
A British Cuppa
Demanding Free Products
Sip and Slip
Instant Seafood Dinner
To Help or Not to Help
An angry consumer might be challenging. However, do not let their resentment or fury affect you or damage your self-esteem. Instead, make an effort to focus on them and present a solution. Stay optimistic, and don't let this experience undermine your self-confidence.
Snow Storms and Syrup
Meeting Customer Standards
Paying with Tips
It's common to see tip jars at the counter and in the window at drive-thru coffee shops, but does that indicate that a tip is required or merely appreciated? Gratuities are considered precious by baristas. They contribute significantly to take-home pay.
Another Coffee Expert
We'd love to see a short film adaptation of this fantastic story. When an inspector visits a coffee shop, the manager must provide a tour of the establishment. But what happens if an animated and boisterous pug appears? Mayhem is bound to ensue.
An Awful Lot of Lattes
Extra Hot Coffee
You'd be surprised at just how much your coffee tastes reveal about your character. For example, although the customer in this story wanted his drink to be precisely 200 degrees, he only used the vague term, "extra hot." Of course, this eventually led to disaster.
Out of Order
Dying a Little Bit Inside
Opening a coffee shop is difficult, but a thorough list of coffee shop equipment might help you succeed. One thing to remember is that allowing clients to be close to machinery is always risky. Yes, kids would like to see how to make the ideal drip coffee, but given the temperature, coffee is prepared and kids’ propensity for touching things, you’d only be asking for trouble.
Annoying Chocolate Muffin
Can’t Hold It
Coffee shops play host to the full range of life events, from first dates to breakups and everything in between. Of course, there have been some incredibly gruesome barista restroom tales, but none involved vomiting… until now. Warning: this story is unpleasant!