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February 09, 2012


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Coffee Soldier

oops typo above...I am one with only a 4 year degree...can't you tell ;)

Black Apron Shift Supervisor


The articles drips with humility.

I guess this guy won't be on "Where They Are Now" or "See How They Began."

It would be an honor if I was approached by a former customer, remembering me. They're smiling, aren't they? They're happy to see me, right?

The former-barista smacks of elitism, and I'm already not a fan.

James Connolly

Yeah, there's a lot of things I am dissatisfied about at Starbucks, but this isn't one of them. Dude's status-obsessed and to an unhealthy level.

There's nothing to be ashamed about working for a living.


I would be happy if I made an impression on someone's life enough that they recognized me years later in a random location. Maybe it could turn into a new friendship even. Who the hell cares if you'll have barista as one of your life statuses? I can think of worse things to say about your past than "I worked in a coffee shop." Jeez.


I made some awesome friends from sbux customers and loved when people recognized me as their barista when I ran into them. Overthinking much?

H. Melville

It's been two years since all the techs were laid off and a good five since I was a shift in store, but I still get my old customers saying hi when I'm out or folks trying to remember me with the invariable "oh, you were my coffee guy" comments.

I love it. It means that I did my job and did it well.


‎"A snob is anybody who takes a small part of you and uses that to come to a complete vision of who you are. That is snobbery.

The dominant kind of snobbery that exists nowadays is job snobbery. You encounter it within minutes at a party, when you get asked that famous iconic question of the early 21st century, "What do you do?" And according to how you answer that question, people are either incredibly delighted to see you, or look at their watch and make their excuses."
Alain de Botton.


"I’m not just some guy who once poured coffee into your paper cup."

Gee, it's a good thing he told people that. I'm sure otherwise they would've gone on thinking that for the rest of their lives.

He needs to get over himself.


@frapatte I agree. Having just past my 5 year annv.(I need to look up those virtual beans) I have formed many bonds with customers through the years. These people know me because I'm not just an automated machine person. I know a lot about their lives, children, partners, and yes even though it is against policy, I give hugs every week. Being remembered means I gave them a part of me they took with them. My new SM( we started 3 weeks apart) just made the comment how throughout the day at our store, people truly feel the comfort of the third place.


One of my ex-coworkers is now a lawyer and another is a middle school teacher. They've said that they hate when people recognize them from Starbucks, not because they disliked they time there or their customer connections, but because people who knew them from the 'bucks are extremely hesitant to trust them with their children or legal work (because they know this person as "only a barista", not a professional)


This is ridiculous. I worked for Starbucks for several years while putting myself through college. In fact, I have 11 years of college under my belt. However, I would be flattered if a former customer remembered and recognized me. I am proud to say that I worked for Starbucks. It was a fun (and difficult, at times!) job. The highlight of working at Starbucks was connecting with customers and co-workers. Being a barista is nothing to be ashamed of. It's a badge of honor, really, because not everyone is cut out to do it.

Amazing Grace

I don't know. I used to freelance write at the same time as the BUX and when I went to a literary event in town, one of the old snotty biddies said, "Oh Starbucks (she couldn't be bothered to learn my name), I'm so glad you're serving coffee tonight." When I told here I was actually speaking, she told me she didn't realize that they were just letting anyone speak at the literary guild these days.
Its a stigmatism, it has nothing to do with actually working for a living--it has to do with people not being able to grasp that you can also think for a living.


He's not being snobbish at all... what he is saying is that his identity is defined by more than just serving coffee in the past. It's as if he is saying to his (former) customers, "There's more to me than an apron and coffee. Try getting to know the real me!"

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