How to Piss Off Your Barista — I. M. H. O. — Medium


I have been working in the coffee industry now for a decade. I am not a world champion barista, but I am capable. All 10 of the items in this list are spot on and great. But number 3 is my particular pet peeve as a man who himself is a lover of all things truly cappuccino. Read the whole list. If you are committing some of these practices with your barista–who is a craftsperson and artisan, folks–try to rectify your behavior. Please.

#3. Order a bone dry cappuccino.

Cappuccinos are made of one-third foam, one-third milk, and one-third espresso. That’s what they are. That’s why they come in their own special cups and most coffee shops will only offer them in one size. Not only is ordering a bone dry one changing what the actual drink is, but it’s a pain in the ass to make. The larger the size of your order the bigger of an asshole you are on this one. To make a 16-ounce bone dry drink your barista would easily have to steam 32-ounces of milk. It’s not just time consuming, it’s wasteful. Why are you doing this? I honestly want to know. I don’t even think you can drink those things (spoons don’t count). And if they ever see you put a lid on that drink (or any foam-heavy drink) your barista should be able to reserve the right to never serve you again.

via How to Piss Off Your Barista — I. M. H. O. — Medium.

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