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Confessions Of A Melbourne Barista

By Anna May - 07 Dec 2015

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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.

Order your coffee from Omar and the Marvelous Coffee Bird with Skip.

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.

Order your coffee from Patrick and Five and Dime Bagels with Skip.

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”.

Order your coffee from Top Paddock with Skip,

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!

Order your coffee from Slater St. Bench with Skip.

Editor's Note: This article is proudly sponsored by Skip App and endorsed by The Urban List. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make The Urban List possible. Click here for more information on our editorial policy. 

Image credit: Jenna Fahey White for The Urban List

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