Extending The Holiday Cheer: Five Winter Drinks I Always Look Forward To

A little while back I looked into some of my favorite homemade drinks. Now it’s time to talk about what gets me giddy when I stop by a cafe in the heart of winter.

It hasn’t been snowing much in Washington (that’s a score for me and a negative digit for global warming). That hasn’t stopped me from supplementing my chilly days with some delicious drinks. I’ve talked in the past about how our favorite type of coffee, tea or cider reflects our character. My sweet tooth and persnickety personality come in full force as I’m musing over what to get at a Starbucks. …Or a locally owned cafe. Or a Thomas Hammer.

Or or or. If they’ve got the good stuff, consider any hardships I’ve been stewing over just dust in the wind.

…and, yes, these are all decaf!

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Is That Your Final Answer? Fifteen Common Questions I Was Asked As A Barista

The human condition comes in a tall or a venti, it seems. After a few years of serving lattes in movie theaters and old-fashioned cafes I started seeing a different side to the mundane.

It’s not just bagging or grinding that inspires naval gazing, but sitting back with your hands folded in your lap and doing a tally of all the sometimes-funny, sometimes-frustrating questions brought to your attention during an average shift. Why do so few people seem to know what a cappuccino is? Why do so many expect a part-time employee to be omniscient? Is this the real life? Call it soul searching with a dollop of creamer.

Being a part-time or full-time barista may be a common job, but that still doesn’t put a dent in some of these questions! Thanks to these I can approach the vast world of coffee from multiple angles…and many of them humorous.

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Here are just ten common questions customers had about the process nearly every time I was behind the counter:

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