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Traveling Barista Picks: Coffee Shop Playlist

Let's face it, being a barista is sometimes a gruesome job.  We romanticize it, and how it allows us to pursue our dreams, and connect with people.  While that is all true, there is also the downside.  We're often underpaid, overworked, and take crap from everyone. The particular coffee shop I currently work in is… Continue reading Traveling Barista Picks: Coffee Shop Playlist

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Coffee Shop Etiquette 101

There are some things you should never do in a coffee shop. You may think your behavior is totally normal, but you might be royally pissing off your barista. Who cares, you say? Well, not only will your baristas secretly dread seeing you, you may actually be slowing down the pace of the cafe for other patrons. So many people (most of them good people) are guilty of such bad etiquette that I thought I'd list some items here for all to see.

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Local Isn’t Always Better — at least not to their employees

One of the biggest problems with bad bosses is they don’t know they’re a bad boss. I was excited to work for a local small business in Nashville. I thought this was my chance to learn “real” coffee and make latte art; to work for a place that didn’t use processed foods and artificial sweeteners.… Continue reading Local Isn’t Always Better — at least not to their employees

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Traveling Barista Sandy Lo Catches Up with Former Customer, Country Crooner Aaron Parker

It's been a while since I worked at the Starbucks on 21st Avenue in Nashville.  In the 2 years that I was a barista at the extremely busy location, I formed many bonds with other partners and customers.  From drag queens to photographers, to big name celebrities, to plenty of singer/songwriters just trying to get… Continue reading Traveling Barista Sandy Lo Catches Up with Former Customer, Country Crooner Aaron Parker

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Back in the Barista Swing

Find out about my transition from commercialized barista to local cafe manager!