I like anime
Beer honestly just tastes how I imagine urine to taste it is so rank and people are always like nah try this because this is special Beer and then it’s like oh ok urine with cinnamon in it great
Steal His Look: Pumpkin Man
DanceNwear Adult Unisex Cotton Blend Mock Neck (Turtleneck) Footless Unitard - $42.95 - $49.95
The Friendly Pumpkin mask - $49.99
This was my actual Halloween costume last year. Dance included.
The stars are so fucking beautiful out here, man.
Today was for this kind of nonsense #applecider #moccasins #autumn #fallweather (at Home In Catonsville)
Watch out behind youuu #oceancitymd #trimpers #creepy #clown #arcade #mirror (at Trimper’s Rides, Ocean City Maryland)
its really important for men to stand up to other men who say terrible and sexist shit
because sexist men dont listen to what women have to say
do you ever go to sleep really excited bc you kno you gonna wake up in the morning and drink coffee
Johanna Thorvaldsdóttir’s Icelandic goat farm (Háafell) is facing foreclosure in September, resulting in the entire goat flock being butchered - unless enough funds are raised to save it!
There are less than 820 Icelandic goats in the entire world - they are an endangered species. Almost half of them will be lost if this farm is not saved. I visited Háafell 2 years ago and every goat I draw is rooted in this place. Any little bit helps :)
Some pretty cool perks (that tote bag, adorable!) but more than that there is a good cause behind all this. How many videos of screaming goats have I lost my shit over? The Icelandic Goat is a very cool breed. Time to give a little back I think.
Several things near and dear to my heart here: goats, saving endangered species, and small farmers trying to make a difference. Please donate a little if you are able!
Also, for you Game of Thrones fans, this is the farm and these are the goats that apparently were menaced by Drogon the dragon. I’ve never seen Game of Thrones, but still, that’s pretty cool!
This depends largely on the particular shop and its location. High-traffic areas will obviously be busier, but will also be likelier to have more staff on at any time, which spreads the workload out efficiently. Starbucks is good at this, because they’ve perfected a system. Work at the Bux and you will probably not be frequently overwhelmed, even during a morning rush, but there will be times.
Older, more well-established shops will be more likely to have this good system in place, whereas newer shops (meaning new ventures or newly-opened stores) might not. The Green Beans I worked at was a miserable experience because the company insisted we weren’t making enough to have the proper amount of staff on to take care of all the things that needed to be done, which resulted in five(!) veteran baristas quitting within a month (including me). But that was in a high-traffic area. Quieter places will mean fewer or thinner rushes.
All this is secondary, really, to how much you enjoy the job. If you love what you do, the rushes don’t feel crazy, they’re like a fun challenge. If you hate it, no amount of low-stress days will make it worthwhile.
Give it a shot. I used to be a real shrinking violet, the kind of person who never made eye contact, before I got my first barista job at 19. It changed me for the better, and that’s why I’ve been doing this for ten years. It can be nutty, and you may feel overwhelmed at times, but there will be people there to help you, and you’ll learn and it’ll become a breeze. Everyone makes mistakes, makes messes. (Ask me about it sometime.) No worries. Have fun.
My greatest pieces of advice would be these:
- Don’t let anyone make you feel disrespected. Not your boss, not your coworkers, not your customers. Always be respectful and demand the same. You do not need the business of abusive customers, and a good boss will always back you up on this.
- Unless and until you have several years of experience under your belt, don’t argue. I argued a LOT, and ended up embarrassing myself and making things very hard on myself. I whined about having to change routine, about having to do unpleasant chores, about staying late to help clean up. Let others show you how to do stuff, and be flexible.
- Practice and ask questions. It’s okay to make yourself a set of cheater cups with recipes written on them until you get the hang of stuff. It’s okay, with permission, to waste a lot of milk and espresso while you learn to steam and pull a great shot. Do it til you get it right.
- Don’t be afraid of the steam wand. Crank that fucker up. Keep one hand on the knob so you remember which way you turned it. Everyone will have a milk volcano at some point, even people who’ve been doing it for years. It’s okay. The worst that will happen is a mess and a hot hand, and that’s okay.
- Clean up after yourself. If you want your coworkers to love you, never leave your shift until your shit is cleaned up. Clean as you go. Have that fresh bar towel handy. Any time you’re not making drinks or such, look around and stock or clean. There is nothing as valuable and beloved as a barista who always leaves the place looking top-notch. Everyone will want to work with you, and they’ll follow your example.
I promise you’ll have fun. If it’s not the job for you, that’s A-OK, but it’s definitely worth giving a shot!
Thank you so much for the thought out answer!!! That makes me feel a lot better going in. It’s all new to me, (what is a steam wand?? haha) but this is some great advice to start with. It’s a local place in a busy downtown, so I’m excepting to deal with rushes and the like, but in my past jobs I’ll dealt with that sort of stuff before, and I do try to keep my work stations in top shape! So it sounds like I’ll be ok. Thank you!