Just a few things that some baristas will agree with, and points that other people should know next time they go to a cafe!
It's okay if you don't know the exact name of your drink that you want. It's okay, really. Not everyone knows everything about coffee! Just let me know what you'd like- hell, I LOVE suggesting my favorites if you don't know what you want!(I also spend ungodly amounts of time experimenting with flavour combinations and love suggesting the best to customers wanting to try something new!) However, it'd be AWESOME if you didn't spend twenty minutes staring at the menu while a line builds up behind you- listening to what others order might give you ideas!
Don't try to tell me "Well Starbucks does it this way" I'm not a SB barista. This is not Starbucks. You want it their way that badly? They're across the highway, chum. I do have a "competitor's comparison" recipe book that lets me make whatever SB makes with the supplies I have. Still not good enough? Please don't insult me for not magically being SB because you don't want to go across the street.
I've been a barista for damn near three years total. I know what drinks are what. If you tell me something stupid like "I want a mocha without chocolate/cappuccino without foam- x place makes it for me all the time," I will laugh at you- SB is charging you the extra buck for a mocha or cappuccino and making you a damned latte, and our local Euro-style coffeehouse is run just like the cafe I work at in the fact that they will say the same thing I'm telling you- you're WRONG and being scammed by SB. Trying to pretend you're awesome and trying to show off to a date by trying to make me look stupid? You bet your ass I will make you look even stupider. This is my job and you are an idiot. Try again.
Be nice. It really does go a long way. I'm not asking for you to kiss my feet, but being generally pleasant will make me pay sweet attention to your drink. Tip me and it'll be damned perfect. An uppity attitude and foul treatment in general will make me make your skinny latte with half and half, and I will smile acid sweet at you while you drink it and never notice the damned difference.
You don't HAVE to tip me; I do make minimum wage, so I never expect tips. They're nice to get, but I never demand them. HOWEVER, this does NOT mean you are entitled to reaching into my tip jar to pay for your "triple decaf sugar free skinny latte with no foam made extra hot." If I call you out on stealing my tips, and you either don't put them back or get pissy at me for being called out on theft? Your drink is getting fucked to hell and back, and no, my General manager won't give two shits.
._. Sorry for the long rant. Can you tell I live in a place where the only people who get coffee are completely ignorant jerks?
It is! I don't know why anyone would do that. Self entitlement, I guess? I consider myself lucky in that my manager has told me I am allowed to be nasty to people that decide to do that!
He even said he won't care if I make someone's decaf sugar free drink with reg espresso and sugar based syrup, but I won't risk hurting someone with caffeine sensitivity or diabetes, no matter how rude they are.
Okay....I will if I get someone openly insulting me, but that's a different story XD
I won't EVER do anything vile like spitting in someone's drink, or anything like that (i mean, seriously? Humans have some of the most foul mouths in the world- we're up there with komodo dragons as far as how much bacteria we have in our mouths- getting bitten by a human and not treating the wound is STUPID.)
I just do things like making someone's latte with half and half instead of skim like they asked for, or only making it with 1/4 of the syrup so it's not as sweet XD