02 Apr '13, 2pm

Barista: Need I Say More? - Coffee Cup News #coffee

As a barista for nearly a decade and a barista competitor recently I can tell you that while what you suggest is a fun idea, it is no way practical, that’s why you don’t see it often. Indeed Intelli’s Venice store is a great idea, but I know of 3 coffee companies nationwide that could afford to have that many people on staff at a given time. Also, as Jennifer pointed out, having one person’s “touch” on bar is going to mean less tweaking for everyone. The difference between one person’s 30 pound tamp and another person’s 35 pound tamp can mean the difference between a shot that gets served and a shot that gets dumped. For me, however, the real reason you don’t see this happening is two fold. 50% of my customers order their drink first, the other half order a pastry first. Let’s say that 3 people are working the bar. One person comes in and orders a latte. The next person or...

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