Having been a barista for almost two years, I feel inclined to write about the beauty that is today. National Coffee Day, woohoo! I started drinking coffee at an early, early age. My parents are huge coffee drinkers, so it was only a matter of time before I started my journey as a coffee aficionado. And then, it was only a matter of time before I became a barista! And I’m not talking a Starbucks/Dunkin Donuts ‘barista’–I’m talking small business, owner who traveled the world to find the best coffee, latte art-appreciated coffee shop!
There was a short time when I tried cutting back on coffee (caffeine, mainly). “One cup a day!” was my motto and I stuck to decaffeinated tea for the rest of the day. That did not last long. Coffee is just too… part of my life right now? I’m still a barista (probably just for a couple more weeks!) until I start a full time salaried position. But, being a barista has been one of the best experiences of my life. I’ve seen some of the best and worst in people, from the customers who basically treat you like you’re only smart enough to hand them a cup of coffee, to the kindest and most patient of souls (who probably have worked in the customer service industry before). I’ve also made some great friends (shout out to Sweets and Beets!), and have learned a lot about working quickly while…. still being friendly enough to get some extra spending money (tips, tips, tips)!
I am definitely not the greatest latte artist, but I do try! Here are a few lattes that I made a while ago (I’m a little bit better now)!
So, Happy National Coffee Day! It may be silly, but we definitely do form lasting memories with and grow attachments to certain foods. Drinks, too! That being said, coffee will always hold a special place in my heart. What foods (or drinks!) hold a special place in your heart?