Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Cheers and Jeers - Starbucks Edition

Quite the day at Starbucks...

Cheers... to learning how to clean the coffee grinder. Why cheers? Because it's part of my "advanced store training," which will probably bring me only more responsibilities and headaches (as opposed to more money), but will certainly make my time as a barista more rewarding.

Jeers... to getting coffee grounds all over my pants.

Cheers... to getting to make my first promotional sign! You know - those chalkboard signs above the registers and stuff? Well, yeah, I totally got to make one. It was for Signature Hot Chocolate. I even got to draw a cup and whipped cream. And everyone said my letters were super straight. All those years of writing on classroom whiteboards...

Jeers... to the customer who sat in the cafe lobby area for twenty minutes having an OCD meltdown and refolding thirty odd napkins.

Jeers... to the seventy three year old man, wearing a helmet and carrying a skateboard, who was first cranky to myself and the other barista, and then attempted to give us a tip (one quarter) through a slight of hand magic trick... which we're not allowed to accept anyway, so his Houdini-esque performance was for naught.

Cheers... to Starbucks new VIA Ready Brew instant coffee! Trust me - this is not your grandmother's instant coffee. Stop in any Starbucks in the next couple of days and get your free sample packet (it's like those little Crystal Light lemonade drink packs that you can add to a water bottle so you can drink it at your convenience). The brew is available in Columbia (medium) roast, or Italian Roast, which is bolder. All you do is add either 8 oz of hot or cold water, and voila! A great Starbucks quality cup o' joe. Alright fine, infomercial over.


Rearden September 29, 2009 at 10:03 PM  

Aww, poor guy, tried to impress the barista's and got stomped.

ebs handler September 30, 2009 at 4:14 AM  

73 year old skateboarder??? You should have tipped him for not breaking major bones to get to your counter for his coffee! It's your grandfather for crying out loud (without the board,of course.) Cut him some slack.

keby September 30, 2009 at 4:16 PM  

Oh boy...you're bringing back memories of my days at the Barnes & Noble cafe. I tried to block those memories! ;)

You should have worked there - you get a discount on coffee and books and the desserts were fabulous. You can't go wrong with Cheesecake Factory cheesecake.

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