What I am, And What I’m not.

Sometimes I feel like my job confuses other people. I always thought being a barista would be simple, but in reality most of the time it’s a job of confusion, chaos and not knowing where I stand with my customers. People confuse my job with others and I have no clue how they get the idea that I am more than a barista.

What I am:

I am your local barista- This means I will make you the drink you desire, smile at you, and wait for a tip that I never get.

I am a Café Lead- This means I help my team do their absolute best, and encourage them to reach sale goals, and support them through whatever problem they have. I also try my damn best to keep the café well and running while my manager is gone.

What I can be:

I CAN be your friend- This does not mean I am friends with ALL my customers, this means the few people I like get to be called friend. Good for those guys, it’s a tough job to be my friend.

What I am NOT-

I am NOT your slave- Yes I make your drinks, but I do not cater to your every command. If you want me to wait on you hand and foot, that won’t happen, I serve hundreds of people a day and I will not be waiting on you.

I am NOT- A cook. If I get that one more time I might lose my shit. I do not make your food, I do not touch your nasty food with my hands. It comes frozen and I stick it in a oven that costs more than my life, for you to eat. I do not “COOK” anything. I am a barista, I like coffee, anything more than a frozen sandwich is too much for me.

I am NOT your therapist- If you ask me whether or not you should dump your boyfriend, I will say yes, you should, and my answer will not be one of a professional because I am not your therapist. I will say the answer that I think may screw up your life, because I find it ridiculous that you need my advice… and it makes me laugh. Drink your coffee and talk about your daddy issues elsewhere. Slurp down that frappe and don’t talk to me about your personal life. I am only paid to look interested.

I am NOT your doctor- “Is a sugar cookie okay to eat if I have diabetes?” UHHHHH probably not, I advise against it… but how the hell should I know? All I know is I have sales goals to hit, so yes, yes it is completely okay for a diabetic to have a sugar cookie with extra sugar and maybe some caramel sauce on top…

I am Not your local Starbucks girl- Yes I serve Starbucks coffee…. but I work at Barnes and Noble café…. can you read the store name you just walked into… oh, no? Well it’s a bookstore you could probably find a book on how to read…. My cups say “Starbucks, Barnes and Noble Café” I have a sign that says “We are not a Starbucks”. Usually when I say this the customer looks at the ceiling for an answer. Yes all my signs will be on the ceiling, please keep looking up there, and maybe go cross eyed while you’re at it.

In all fairness I wrote this on a really bad work day. But sometimes it’s good to vent about these ridiculous things. I also feel a lot better after writing this. I look back through-out my day and laugh, because working with people can be so amusing. I am 100% sure my “therapy” advice has ruined at least three relationships, I can only imagine those conversations. I am also 100% sure people who ask me for health advice have been really disappointed once they’ve gone to a real doctor.

The truth is I love my job, my store is like a giant family, and we all sit in the back room laughing at all the people that walk in. I have never been so at home, or relaxed with a job before. Yes there are extremely stressful parts, but that’s just life. This job continues to teach me more, and more valuable skills every day that I work.


42 thoughts on “What I am, And What I’m not.

  1. haha I love how blunt this is! Pretty sure I’d tell a diabetic to eat the cookies too, just because obviously they already know that it’s NOT and they’re asking to test you…. Why do you need to be tested?

    Every time I sit close to someone asking a Barista out of line questions or talking about their personal life I cringe. This post is fantastic lol oh and P.S. How awesome to work in a Barns & Noble!!!

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      1. Good thing I don’t have a boyfriend then, because he’d be crap out of luck, because I would totally take the advice of someone from the internet! 😛

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  2. you are a human at the end you also have emotions and feelings .. so you deserve to be treated well and ofcourse one can expect an excellent service if they treat you well and and what else a person wants who has such a good friend like you

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  3. I so agree with you! I’ve been working as a Barista for 3 years now and love everything coffee-related. I love making it, i love doing latte art, i love my job… most of the time 😀

    But damn, people can be difficult… i hate it when they try to tell you how to do your job.. ‘did you put sugar in? Did you stir it? Because tou HAVE to stir it!’ – ‘yes, thanks, please tell me more about how to do my job, because i don’t have a clue…’ -.-
    I never serve anyone who is rude to my staff. I tell the girls to never serve anyone who is on their phone, that drives me crazy.

    I hate it when people are impatient, especially when they see it’s busy..

    But yeah, for everything negative, there’s lots of positives. I have lots of lovely customers who come every day and lots of awesome colleagues.

    I enjoyed reading your post! It actually made me think about doing one about my cafe experience on my blog as well 😀

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  4. Thank you for sharing and letting off a bit of steam. Is important to do this. So well written regarding expectations from some of the hundreds of people you serve each day.

    And also thank you so much for the follow. Appreciate so much your creativity and humor. 🙂

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  5. Your comment about the person who is diabetic asking for your advice on eating a sweet treat made me smile as I am, myself diabetic. I must confess to occasionally allowing myself something sweet, such as a slice of cake brought in by a colleague. However its entirely my decision/problem if I choose to have something sugary and I would never think of asking for anyone’s advice (other than a medical professional) on such things! As it happens, the medical people I have discussed such things with say that the odd sweet treat is OK, for example once or twice a week but the diabetic person needs to monitor their blood sugar carefully. Now I’ve given you more information than you ever wished to know …!

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    1. I honestly had no idea what to say. I am not a health care professional. I am a calorie pusher, it is my job to get people to buy cookies, not give advice on health. I really wish I knew more about it, but even if I did know everyones health problems, it still isn’t my job to give advice. I felt insanely guilty for selling her cookies.

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  6. Thank you for visiting and following my blog. You’re right, being an adult sucks sometimes. There’s outside pressures pulling you in all directions. Your job will teach you a lot about people and how to deal with them, and will help you so much when you get older. Right now, just remember each customer comes in with baggage–some good and some bad. They are dealing with stressors continually, and just sometimes need that caffeine fix. If you have time, talk to them, learn from them, and your tips, if allowed, may be bigger. Take care.

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  7. Some will talk with you. Unfortunately, our stress filled lives leave us little time to greet each other and make new friends. But, when you can, you can have some amazing conversations.


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