9 Lessons Learned from Being a Barista
Saturday, February 28, 2015
As many of you know, I worked as a barista at Starbucks my senior year of college and I worked at Lake Junaluska's coffee shop this past year. Though it wasn't my dream job, I loved making coffee and getting paid for it. I mean, it's me we are talking about!
Every job has it's ups and downs. That's normal. Even though same days were rough, I look back often and realize how much I enjoyed being a barista for that time of my life. I love the knowledge I have about different roasts of coffee, and how to make a bangin' latte! However, some of the things I went through weren't so fun. Below is a list of things I learned while working as a barista. Any other barista will understand ;)
1.) The customer is NOT always right, but you are paid to act like they are.
2.) My definition of sweet is very different from someone else's definition.
3.) Always ask if the customer is finding exact change...if you don't, they'll give it to you after you've already counted out what to give back.
4.) Milk steamers are hot....
5.) Espresso is much more complicated than it looks.
6.) Starbucks does not serve authentic coffee beverages (I like Starbucks, but it's true).
7.) Everyone compares your coffee to Starbucks.
8.) Coffee syrup is nearly impossible to clean up.
9.) You cannot fit the ingredients for two large Frappuccinos into one blender....don't try :p
As I looked back over this list (which in all honesty cracked me up as I typed), I'm realizing that all nine of these points add up to one major lesson: humility.
I can laugh all I want at silly customers or my futile attempt at blender usage (because it IS funny), but in the end, being a barista taught me that I need to practice being humble. We can't always have our way, I'm not good at everything, and I have to practice at the things I'm not good at (like counting change. ha!).
No matter where you work, you are most likely being taught this same lesson. It's universal, and it's something that none of us really like the idea of. But to become better people - better Christians- we need to let go of our pride and be honest with ourselves. We all could use a little more humility.
Are you being taught the same lesson, regardless of where you work? Can any baristas out there relate? Comment below.