Baristas and Bartenders
A good barista is like a good barkeep. Keep the drinks and conversation coming. As it with good business: Avoid the nonsense, and be real. Communicate well. Enjoy what you do. Listen.
No false claims about what coffee can do (it won’t help me lose weight, grow taller, or make me a better lover). Be congenial and know when to shift gears. Understand the business arrangement doesn’t limit courtesy and kindness.
And… hey, why aren’t you pouring? I said keep the drinks coming.
The Best Cafes
The Best Cafes sometimes serve the worst coffee, bringing in the fullness of humanity. They are where you go to meet your friends. There are no tourists at these places. There is no ambiance that would draw people just because of whatever is on the wall. The owners...
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