15 Daily Struggles Of Working In A Coffee Shop

Because coffee is your daily grind. Literally.

1. You’ve grown sick and tired of explaining the difference between a latte and cappuccino.

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Latte — espresso, lots of milk, foam. Cappuccino — espresso, milk, lots of foam.

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2. You dread having to call out a drink order with a name you don’t know how to pronounce.

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Because inevitably, you will make a fool of yourself.

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3. Your confusion arises when someone orders a decaf drink.

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4. And it peaks when they ask for an EXTRA shot of decaf espresso in it.

An extra decaf shot so you can be extra not-awake?

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5. Your brain runs in circles trying to keep up with customers’ meticulous drink modifications.

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And you’re just like

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6. You feel like your world has ended every time you screw up your latte art.

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But when you create a cool design, you make the customer wait while you take a photo of it.

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Which you will later post on Instagram with a funny caption.

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7. You have experienced the undeniable pain of burning your hand on the steam wand.

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8. You have been trained to keep smiling even when customers treat you like poo.

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Behold, the notorious “customer service smile.”

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When on the inside, you’re all like

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9. You politely decline when a customer tries to pay with pennies.

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Whilst in your head, you’re thinking

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And you literally want to rip someone’s weave out when customers leave you pennies as a tip.

Thanks for the non-legal tender which I can use to buy ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

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10. You quiver with exasperation when you are asked to steam a latte to a precise 78 degrees celsius.

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11. You inadvertently consume more caffeine in a single shift than the average person does in their lifetime.

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12. You sometimes wish you could just throw on an invisibility cloak when someone you know walks into the store.

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13. Your hair reaches a whole new level of frizzy over the course of your shift.

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14. You stare in disbelief when a customer orders a “grande frappuccino”.

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This ain’t no Starbucks honey.

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15. You try to force yourself to drink espresso even though it utterly repulses you.

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Now, on a somewhat related note, please sit back and watch Ed Sheeran sing about “Cold Coffee in the Morning” — a drink I’m sure many people purchase at your place of work.

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