Decaf Them!

I loved Inside The Barista Class from the Awl – very funny and well written.

Lots of memorable quotes – but this one’s my favorite:

If a customer was particularly bad we exercised one of the only powers we possessed and “decafed” them. To covertly rob a caffeine-addicted asshole of their morning jolt was truly one of the sweetest pleasures of baristahood, and one that my subsequent professions haven’t come close to replicating.

I never knew that “decaffing” a customer was a thing! Making a permanent mental note, and will be a more careful Starbucks customer from now on. I wonder what the legal profession’s equivalent punishment is? Probably something to do with billing…


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I’m always worried the opposite will happen. I always order decaf, and am super polite when I do so. I don’t want to end up with a caffeinated coffee!

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