To preface this article, I (Casey) have a very funny and bright friend Michele. She read some of my articles and asked to have a go at her own. So ladies and gentleman, Michele the barista presents to you an alternate twist on the usual “Life Advice From An Intern.”
My name’s Michele and here are some things I’ve learned over the past eight months of being a barista, student, best friend, girlfriend, and human being in general.
1. If the coffee is good, life is good.
2. If someone is being mean or off-putting, ask them how they’re doing. 99% of the time they will appreciate it and you will have made their day better.
3. Stop talking about the weather. It may be obvious, but it’s boring.
4. If you do someone a favor, it might not be returned in the way you expected, but that’s okay.
5. If you want to be interesting, surround yourself with people you find interesting.
6. Iced cappuccinos and iced lattes: they’re the same fucking thing. (Well, technically an iced cappuccino, as the customer envisions it, has hot foam on the top. But this defeats the point of an iced drink and at my work, we don’t do that shit.)
7. Unless you plan on taking a nap later, the extra coffee is always worth it.
8. Do not tip me in pennies, I’m not a peasant.
9. Know when it’s appropriate to tell a customer they smell good. Or if they have really nice eyelashes.
10. “A friendship between college girls is grander and more dramatic than any romance…” -Lena Dunham as Hannah Horvath
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