Everyone has their favorite coffee shop and their favorite barista worker. What makes this person special? When choosing a favorite barista worker there are different performance levels to pick from.
First, there is the barista worker who meets the fundamental needs of a daily coffee order. This individual understands the order that is being placed and communicates the order properly, resulting in a satisfactory cup of coffee.
The next level deals with the worker who is able to take your order efficiently and make your drink to your satisfaction. This performance meets the basic coffee lovers’ needs but does not quite hit the top.
Finally, there is the ultimate barista worker. This individual not only understands and creates each order placed but he or she provides the perfect cup of coffee. The temperature is perfect, the flavor is perfect, it is well balanced and that first sip tastes close to heaven.
With all of this in mind, everyone knows when to go to their local coffee shop and order the most exquisite drink on the menu and when anything beyond an espresso shot will be a disaster. For Dublin, the barista level of competency seems to be at its highest early in the morning and around 1 pm.
At these times of day you will see people happily waiting in line because they know that the end result will be well worth the wait. In addition, the anticipation heightens the enjoyment of that first sip.
So, when entering the local Starbucks or small town coffee shop, do not be frustrated by the lines. The wait is a sign that a competent employee is behind the counter. Stand in that line with patience, knowing that the beverage received will not only be satisfactory but it will improve the overall quality of the day ahead.