Barista…Bartender…same thing right?

Everyone survive the Holidays? I think we just barely made it. A quick update: Morgan is headed off to Mexico to work at a coffee shop (I’d explain more but I think she should write a post on it). I have since taken up a second job as a bartender…which of course is ironic because ‘barista’ means bartender in Italian. Therefore I am planning on intermixing the two topics into this blog, especially since I am a new bartender it’ll be interesting to go through all of the little steps I’ve had to take in order to even begin helping out behind the bar.

I will say this. Being a barista certainly helped me in certain areas for becoming a bartender. 

Being practiced in memorizing people’s orders and drinks has been incredibly beneficial.

Having a start on being able to be ‘fast paced’ although I will say that it’s a little bit more difficult since I still have to work on my ‘flow’ behind the bar. 

Knowing how to relax and be chill in the midst of hectic craziness has DEFINITELY been a much needed skill. 

There are other things, but this is more of a reintroduction of what course this blog will be taking. I will have a more in-depth post here soon. I have to get my life a little bit more organized!

Have a very very happy day!

~Delian

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Coffee-Shop Ritual

There’s a part of me that wishes our current culture had more traditions that were deeply meaningful and significant to each of our lives. For example certain Native American tribes would have celebrations where the single woman would gather and dance to the music that the rest of the tribe would make. During this dance the single men could jump in and dance as well however they had a stick that if they wanted to date a certain girl all he had to do was put his stick on the girl’s shoulder. Her only response…to shake it off as a simple no, or to leave it there, indicating that she accepted. How simple! Of course I’m sure that there was still plenty of drama, however I feel like this perhaps created settings where drama was cut in the bud.

My point is that there had to be a certain amount of maturity and respect one had to have for everyone participating.

What does this have to do with coffee?

I suppose my point would be that whether or not we’ve meant to – getting our daily coffee has become a cultural ritual. It doesn’t have to be coffee necessarily. It could be anything. Tea. Hot chocolate. Smoothies. Who cares? Well, we care because we don’t always go because we want to drink something. We go because it’s a ritual. Something that we know jumpstarts our days. Not just the drink once it’s in our systems.

You walk into your coffee-shop

“Hi (insert name here), want your usual?” Me

Of course you nod because you do want your usual.

“How are you?” I ask.

Then you tell me. Sometimes I get people who are having the worst day in the world. Other times it’s been an amazing week. Once in a while I get the happy customer that has a ring on her finger that she can’t wait to show off! No matter what’s going on though there’s a ceremony that has occurred. You’ve entered the sanctuary. A place apart from the rest of the world. You’ve interacted with the medicine woman (there’s plenty of different names but since I used a Native American analogy earlier this is what I’m sticking with). You’ve given your diagnostic of your day then you give your payment and are given the medicine you need for your day.

“Have a nice day.” me

“Thank you. You too.” Insert name.

The door closes and your ceremony ends. Your day begins.

Ritual complete.

I hope your morning coffee-shop rituals continue to be sustaining and satisfying.

Enjoy!

~Del

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Appreciation

goes two ways.

Honestly, is your drink going to taste as good if you don’t feel that I appreciated you as a customer and person? No. It won’t. If you go away upset because I treated you like crap, your drink will be less than what it could be. EVEN IF IT IS THE BEST DRINK I EVER MADE. The mind controls the pallet. Simple as that. How many stories have we heard of “the food was great! But, it just wasn’t enjoyable because the service was so-so”?

Well I have and therefore I’m a believer that if you are treated with respect then your drink will taste all the better.

There’s a catch though. A more subtle realization that I’ve made over the years and something that I feel that most customers probably don’t even realize.

It goes two ways. And what I mean by that is if I, as the barista, do not feel appreciated and respected as human being by the way you treat me – your drink will not taste as good to you.

I could probably do a physiological dig and study this theory till the day I died. However, just because I haven’t doesn’t make me believe otherwise of my current theory. There’s probably more to it than what I know for sure and I am open to thoughts and opinions and know that this is my opinion which you are able to read or stop reading at any given point.

In my opinion – if I am making your drink, no matter how incredible that drink really is, it simply will not taste as good to you if you as the customer make me feel unappreciated and demeaned.

Therefore, if you want your drink to taste the best it can here as some simple ways I can think of appreciating your barista.

1. Trust your barista. If you trust your barista the natural reaction is to meet your expectations – which is giving you your drink.

2. Respect your barista. Yes. We are people too. No matter how different or what season of life we are in verses you, we are human.

3. Smile. O my gosh – you have no idea how amazing it is to have a customer actually glad to see us! We go through our days doing our best to make everyone feel appreciated and cared for whether its a smile and their coffee or a listening ear. To have someone do that for us – it can mean the world sometimes.

4. Say thank you. Only if you mean it.

5. Tip. It seems silly sometimes but that extra dollar, heck even quarter, reminds us that you appreciate us enough to take it ouf of your pocket. It’s a gift and a compliment, and it’s that understanding that you do trust us, appreciate us, and want us to succeed. It says more than just a green piece of paper that helps us get through our next month of rent. Its a simple way of saying ‘you do a good job and thank you’.

6. If you can, become friends. Seriously – your drink will always taste best if you know that your barista is your friend first and foremost.

Alright! So that’s my two cents for the day!

Thanks everyone!

~Delian Jayce

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Drinks all around!

If I could get everyone in the world to try just one drink. It would be the Gold Coast. Named after the old name for Ghana, Africa, I made it up in honor of my time spent there.

It is The. Best. Drink. Ever.

And I will never spill the ingredients, but let me tell you, it can be made anywhere in the world,……except for maybe Antarctica…..

It is the perfect balance of creamy, sweet, complex, smooth, rich, yet light, and it is, the ultimate drink.

Come to Heavenly Cup Coffee Roasters if you want to try liquid gold from The Gold Coast 🙂

Morgan

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Macamania

I’m liking the drink of the day – so here’s todays! I just made it for Ian (a newbie on the team) and he gulped it down.

Starts off with a shot – a perfect shot because the espresso is the definition of purefection. *laughs* yes I just made that up!

After the espresso is ready, I put it into one of our eight ounce glass cups. Then comes a mini scoop of chocolate and a splash of MACADAMIA! Once that’s good and stirred I add hot water and wallah!

An Americano based macamania drink! 🙂

Somehow the chocolate and the macadamia mix with the espresso incredibly well.

Check it out!

~Delian

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Drink of the Day

If I could have a drink today it would be…
DRUM ROLL PLEASE…

A pumpkin spice americano with a dash of caramel and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Yup – that sounds pretty delish right now.

Ever wonder about a certain kind of drink you would want to try? Ask and maybe we can hook you up with something.

~Delian

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