31 October 2009

Espresso Yourself

I want to start this post with the following statement: I love my job. Please remember this as you read through this post.

I love my job. That being said, working in a coffee shop has really made me miss one thing that I used to love: going to coffee with friends. I remember calling up a friend, suggesting a time and a place (usually a Starbucks) and then meeting said friend. And connecting. Catching up. Encouraging one another. Laughing. I can remember so many conversations I had over a cup of coffee that have enriched, encouraged and solidified so many of my friendships.

And now I work in a coffee shop, and as a result, I don't get together with my friends over coffee anymore. Or if I do, my stupid "coffee shop" manager goggles are on and I notice stupid things. Especially at other Starbucks. My thoughts are constantly "they need to do a lobby" or "eek, that RTD/E case needs some love" or "wow, someone needs to check in with that pastry case". I am a standards junkie, as well as a slave to Starbucks so it actually physically hurts my heart to go into random Starbucks and see them not doing things to standard.

And so I try to avoid going to coffee with friends at Starbucks because I am distracted like no other and that's just plain rude.

Today I went to the 'non-Starbucks Starbucks' here in Seattle. 15th Avenue Coffee and Tea. Not only did I have the best vanilla latte this girl has every had, but I was able to chat with my friends about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It felt really nice, a throwback to the days of trips to The Service Station or Rockwood Bakery in Spokane.

I really miss that natural connection friends have over coffee. I have a lot going floating around in my head these days and sometimes I think what I need is a friend, a tall vanilla extra foamy latte and the rest will take care of itself.


Melissa said...

I loved this post! It made me want a chi tea and quiche at Rockwood Bakery, and one YOU to hang out with there. c

samuel said...

thanks baby you are really cute and worth chatting to

samuel said...


pamama252 said...

I can relate with your manager 'follow the standards' attitude. I too work at a large coffee shop chain in Canada. It can be downright painful when you see how different (and I mean lower) the standards are in other locations. Sometimes there seams to be a double standard between your own high standards and what goes on at other locations, without any negative ramifications. Tomorrow I'm going to Timothy's (accross the street from my work site) with a friend, and have my favourite Orange Tea.

Cassandra said...

Ive never been a big fan of espresso drinks, but I may have to try this one!


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Zlorren said...

Well, why don't u try having your own coffee Starbuck's style in your own home with your friends where you can just enjoy having a latte, a mocha,a hot chocolate or a green tea? The best part? We're enjoying the coffee and enjoyed being paid as well.
I was introduced to it by a friend in California and glad that I joined in.
Check it here: http://www.thebarts96.organogold.com

I enjoyed reading your post my Bff frequented the shops every Friday to check all the coffee places in our town to find out who's serving the best coffee. I still do come but I love my Organo Gold Coffee more and just the serenity of sitting in my own space without the noise and people blowing smoke like a chimney on my face. Lol:)