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:: Thursday, November 16, 2006 ::

Coffee's Hidden Dangers


Being a barista is a lot of things I thought it would be--busy, fun, hard, an opportunity to meet and talk with lots of people. There are some pros and cons I never dreamed of, and wasn't warned about, either.

Pro: Boost in short-term memory. Small victories are when a customer rattles off their drink in a non-standard order, and I repeat it back in the correct order without forgetting anything. A bigger victory is when an unclaimed drink has been sitting on the bar . "What is this drink?", a customer asks. Without looking--"ah, that's a grande decaf two pump sugar free vanilla extra hot no foam latte for Pat." I feel so good when I get it right. ^_^

Con: Damage to hands. The sleeves we put on cups tear up cuticles something awful. I didn't know my cuticles were nice until some turned bad! Oh, well.

Back to memory--while my short-term memory may be improving, my longer term memory is still shot. I remember our most regular of regulars--a name or a drink, but rarely both. Our new assistant manager is insane--he's only been working at my store for a few weeks but he already knows all of the regulars and their drinks, and some semi-regulars as well. I'm in awe.

This weekend Mark's work is having some parties--it's going to be a blast! One's a cowboy costume party, so tomorrow I'm going out to buy a fitting hat. ^_^

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