So I came across a writing blog called Six Sentences, 6S for short. Writers send in their work, hoping to get posted eventually. The idea is to put together a snippet that is only, yes…six sentences in length. Not as easy as it sounds. Here is my entry – and please, those of you who work in the coffee purveying industry (ahem, Starbucks) – I hope you really enjoy your job. I certainly enjoy stopping by for my decaf Americano!
by D.J. Lutz
I don’t know why they call me a barista, since to most I’m just a slinger of caffeine, the guy who makes your triple shot, skim milk, no whip mocha to jump start your morning for four dollars and eighty five cents, tip not included but definitely appreciated. Title and steam burns aside, there actually are a few positives about my job. I especially enjoy the times when I get to have an intelligent, civilized conversation with you, but only when it’s not too busy. You see, it is very apparent to me that you come here for more than just the coffee. You’re different, nothing at all like the multitude of impatient and rude patrons who think their custom made drink should be waiting for them before they even pull into the drive through lane to order it. And no, you don’t come here for what probably is your only social contact each day, but rather to verbally rescue me from the rectangular confines of java hell.