I know that many of you will point out that this is a known fact and that I’m not going out on a limb. But, I do have to say: baristas are friggin’ annoying. And some of my close friends and rehearsal space mates are in the biz.
You see, in a restaurant, the food is the show. In a bar, alcohol and interesting conversation make up the show. And in a cafe, caffeine, free WiFi and hanging out with friends contitute the show. Unfortunately, baristas are under the impression that they are the show and that their job entails overpowering cafes with their annoying inside jokes, outbursts, and philosophies on life, love and biking. It’s like the cafe is their Greek theater and they must compensate for the lack of microphones by projecting even personal conversations as if they were monologues sung loudly by the chorus.
I get it: you’re all musicians, artist and actors, and you long for attention and being at center stage. Me, too. But, I just paid over $2 for a cup of coffee. Can you just shut up so I can hear myself think?!