I don’t know about you, but the few minutes between ordering my coffee and actually getting the coffee in my hand are often filled with a variety of chit chat. 99 per cent of the time it’s like bantering with a buddy, but there sure are times when all of us wish we could take the cuppa and run, lest we find ourselves in an awkward situation.
Because everyone loves a good cringe story, we’ve teamed up with Skip App, the order-ahead coffee app for some of the best cafes in Melbourne, to tell you just what is going on in the head of your friendly barista. And boy did we cover all bases. From name fails to accidental explosions, these guys have some cracking stories.
Dean | Omar and the Marvelous Coffee Bird, Gardenvale
When you work at a café like Omar and the Marvelous Coffee Bird, you tend to get plenty of coffee fanatics coming through the door. Mostly because they serve up one of the best cuppas in Melbourne.
But you can’t take yourself too seriously. Dean says, “We can’t remember everyone’s names, so we often refer to them by coffee order. I think I accidentally referred to someone as ‘hot skinny latte’ to their face once.” Oops.
Patrick | Five and Dime Bagels
“Where do I start?” Patrick asked when we first broached the topic of his life behind the coffee grinder. Even when you’ve been in the biz for years, the old butterfingers can get in the way, “Once, the takeaway cup lid caved in and the latte shot like a cannon and landed on the customer”. Easy, tiger.
Gemma | Top Paddock
When you work in one of the most famous cafes in Melbourne, the stories that accumulate would shock even the most seasoned of professionals. And once we finished our third helping of those incredible hotcakes, we got down to the nitty gritty with Gemma from Top Paddock.
She kept it short and sweet with us, but here’s a fun one, “If I call you ‘mate’, there’s a good chance I couldn’t remember your name or couldn’t pronounce it”.
Hannah | Slater St. Bench
Hannah has had the noble task of keeping Melbournians caffeinated for many a year now, most recently at Slater St. Bench in South Yarra. After doing her time in the beans biz, Hannah says she “remembers people by name and order. Hey, Dave-latte-two-sugars, how are you?”
Any more secrets? “Many customers will leave with the wrong coffee and not notice.” All in a day!
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