Tuesday, January 22, 2013

being a barista and ... a sometimes blogger.

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Well, I had all the intentions in the world to blog a bit more in January and then ... life happened. I pretty much have come to the conclusion that I am a "sometimes blogger" and I am ok with that. Ideally I want to give this little site an overhaul but I am not sure what direction I want it to go. What I do know is that the best way for me to find inspiration is going out and doing. So Coeur de La readers, if there happens to be a couple of weeks of silence you can all take comfort in the fact that I am out there in the big wide world ... doing, creating, and adventuring.

Latest and Greatest: For the past five months I have picked up a part time job as a barista. Yes, I am behind the counter steaming milk, pulling shots of espresso, and creating tasty beverages for coffee lovers. The job is difficult, fast paced, tiring at times, and honest to goodness work. I have so much more respect for individuals who work with food and in customer service now. Working as a barista has been ideal for my photography schedule as well. I work during the week as a barista and on weekends I get to escape behind my camera. Thus far, working in coffee has taught me several things that I did not know about myself and others ... some good and some bad ... so, I thought I would share it with you.

10 things I have learned as a barista
1. The smell of warm milk occasionally repulses me
2. If you can't repeat your drink order to me and say it five times fast ... please do not bother ordering it
3. No we do not serve grande cappuccinos ... a cappuccino is one size
4. PLEASE look at me when you order ... your phone call can wait
5. Fancy shoes do not offer support while working
6. Even nice people can be mean if you mess up their cup of jo order
7. Sometimes latte art looks a bit phallic when one is first learning ... this makes for some awkward yet hilarious moments
8. THE CUSTOMER is always right ...  but a good barista knows they are wrong ;)
9. Other Baristas are so much cooler (insert sarcasm)
10. When it comes down to it ... working with coffee makes me happy ... I like the ups and downs, the crazy customers, other baristas sharing their knowledge (maybe over sharing), the free perks, and the coffee community. Most importantly, there is an infinite amount for me to learn.
11. I have to add this .... ONE CAN HAVE TOO MUCH COFFEE ...

These 11 things are facts, but they are my truths and my facts, and they are most certainly not your truths, so if you don't think they are true ... well they probably aren't ... for you that is.
Hopefully I got a smile out of you.

Bisous.
Caroline





20 comments:

  1. Caroline, are you in the East Bay? If so, I want to try one of your lattes one day! Also: have you been to Flywheel in SF yet? I kinda know the guy who opened it (his parents own a couple Martha and Brothers' . . . now called Cumaica, actually). Anyway, Flywheel is impressive and I thought of you when I was there! It's almost at the corner of Stanyan and Haight. :)

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    1. Claire yes I am local to the SF area and love that you thought of me. We really need to meet for a cup of coffee at some point. :)

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  2. I was a barista for a few years...and I LOVED it. And I can totally relate to your list. I think that you should add that once you are a barista you never look at a latte the same way (I can be a bit judgmental if it's not good...but so thankful when it is).

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  3. I was a part time barista and it's so true! It's hard work and even nice people can get really crabby, especially if they're not morning people ;)

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  4. I used to work in customer service too, so a lot of these points are very familiar. I think working in that business taught me a valuable lesson on how to treat the people that work behind the counter. It pays to have a little patience!

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    1. Patience is key. Hope you have a good weekend lady and happy you made it over to this little neglected site of mine. BISOUS.

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  5. When things get crazy at my job, I always say I want to quit and go work at Starbucks. They even offer P/T employees benefits from what I hear. I have gone there a few times on my laptop super early in the AM though, and honestly, it looks like it can get even crazier than my job (and I'm a social worker).

    I worked in several restaurants during my college years, and it's really tough work, and a lot of people do treat you like the lowest of the low.

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  6. I have always thought that being a barista would be a neat job :)

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  7. Oh my goodness when people put cappuccino's in large cups it really gets me going! It is a small drink people!!! I, too, worked as a barista. haha

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  8. HA–I was a barista in college, and I don't know that I've ever worked quite so hard! My favorite was serving someone a proper macchiato–at least half would come back with a request for more milk and some caramel syrup!

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  9. I know exactly how you feel about blogging! It can be so overwhelming at times and I get nervous life is slipping by and I'm too busy documenting it instead of living it! Good luck with the balance! XX

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  10. I loved your barista rules so much!! I always do my best to be kind to the fine folks who make my coffee - there's nothing better than seeing my favorite baristas in the morning!

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    1. Kara your baristas will love you for that. XO! Keep being friendly I am sure they will spoil you with yummy warm beverages. Bisous.

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  11. haha these are great! I worked at Nordstrom in high school and I agree, fancy shoes (even at Nordstrom) went out the door REAL fast!

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  12. Hey lady! Great to see you back on the blog block. Love the idea of your barist rules, too!

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  13. This is great! And yes go for the comfy flats for sure. Hope the photography biz is going well. I love seeing all your photos here-so inspiring.

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  14. Number 7. haha I can only imagine the reactions you might get when handing them their order ;) Love your photography! I'm excited to follow your bog.

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  15. yes, yes, yes. this is all so close to home, as I am a barista too.
    it's quite some work! totally fun and rewarding. and gives your comfy shoes a run for their money!

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