Coffee: the beginning of all good things

Coffee: the beginning of all good things

The best part about being in the coffee industry (aside from drinking approximately 6 espressos a day) is the people we get to meet along the way. Coffee is special. Sacred, even. It's something that we share with people every single day. From uni students, to lawyers to musicians to parents of tiny people; good coffee is the one thing we all have in common. It is the glue that binds us weird humans together. That and those hilarious memes about Trump and Hillary. That stuff is funny.

Coffee is the beginning of all good things. Every good day begins with a good coffee. How often have you been running late, stressed out and put your shoes on the wrong feet only to have your barista lovingly hand you a cup o’ joe and kindly inform you that you also have toothpaste on your lip.

How often have you been running late, stressed out and put your shoes on the wrong feet only to have your barista lovingly hand you a cup o’ joe and kindly inform you that you also have toothpaste on your lip.

But when you see this person day in and day out for months and months, they invariably become your friend. And a real friend tells you when you’ve got stuff on your face. Once you’ve shared a moment like that, it feels wrong to go on calling this trusted companion a “customer”.

I mean, in a lot of ways, you see your barista more than you see your mum. And that's kind of cool, right? Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that your mum isn't cool. She's probably a lovely lady.

All this got me thinking, how many moments have I shared with these people over the years?

I’ve had customers give me cook books and weird CDs from the 90s. Or tell me that I occasionally look like Wayne from Wayne’s World (Yep. That happened). I’ve had customers try to set me up with their sons, or themselves for that matter. Customers who had their first date at the cafe and were just the right amount of awkward. Then there’s the couple who can’t wait to tell me they’re having a baby. Or the customer who never missed their daily coffee even as they drive to their oncology appointment. These customers became my friends.

Customers who had their first date at the cafe and were just the right amount of awkward. Then there’s the couple who can’t wait to tell me they’re having a baby. Or the customer who never missed their daily coffee even as they drive to their oncology appointment. These customers became my friends

This is why we do what we do. This is why we go to the same cafes at the same time each day. And this is why, as a barista, we show up with odd socks and dirty aprons, sometimes running off little sleep.

Because at the end of the day, I know we come for the coffee, but I have the sneaking suspicion that we stay for the company.

Now should we should make our friendship Facebook official? Or should we talk about it tomorrow?

In coffee we trust,

Laura

 

 

With an obsession for creating the best captions for Instagram posts, and an unhealthy love of inappropriate memes, Laura looks after all our social media here at Glee Coffee Roasters.

When Laura isn't writing or drinking long blacks she is unashamedly listening to Mariah Carey's greatest hits album. 

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Laura Robertson