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  • 10 Things I Learned In My First Week At Starbucks

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    What do Starbucks Baristas Do?

    Starting your journey as a barista can be a time in your life where you really do learn a lot more than you thought you would.  Guest writer, Claire Braggs, wrote an article covering the 10 things she learned in her first week as a Starbucks Barista.  It's totally worth a read! 

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  • A Cup of Consciousness

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    A Cup of Consciousness

    Guest writer, Melissa Jackson, has submitted a great piece on the moral conflict between allowing the less-fortunate to come seek shelter and a place to warm up when they need it.  But what happens when your kind acts start to get taken advantage of? Read more to find out!

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  • A Baristas Worst Nightmare: Frappuccino Happy Hour

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    Frappuccino Happy Hour
    Ask any barista you come across what they're least favorite time of the year is.  We can bet that most of them will reply with Frappuccino Happy Hour; the time of the year where customers go nuts over the 50% off discount on all Frappuccino Blended Beverages at Starbucks.  You might be wondering, what makes this so bad? That sounds awesome! Half off Frappuccinos? But the problem is, you're not the only one thinking that, and our Guest Writer Haley Hinds gives us a look into what working Frappy Hour is like.  

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  • Please Breathe

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    Please, Barista, Breathe

    Guest Writer, AJ Lux, knows what it's like to be a barista.  Dealing with some unruly customers can start to take it's toll on you, making you forget to just breathe.  

    Twenty seconds that could be spent frantically trying to do something- anything- that would keep the customers from complaining. Or… twenty seconds that could be spent breathing

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  • The 'Bux Response

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    Starbucks vs Specialty Coffee

    Every barista who works at Starbucks has, at one time or another, received criticism about their job.  Quite a few coffee "connoisseurs" have strong opinions about whether or not Starbucks is real coffee, or baristas who work there are actually "baristas."  Our guest writer, Joey Hoover, is here to take on the haters with a great explaination of why Starbucks Baristas are actually baristas and why the "Third Wave" coffee scene has brandished.  

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  • Finding Value in Dollar-a-Day Customers

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    Rich Starbucks Customers

    In this guest article by Emily Migliazzo, she discusses the differences in the types of customers that we, as baristas, serve everyday whilst working at Starbucks.  In her particular situation, she works in a very affluent area, where the customers tend to be in a higher tax bracket than the typical customer.  Emily also serves those that are less fortunate and does a great job in describing our responsibility to, "make every moment right," by finding value in every type of customer that we serve.  It's a great read!

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