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This post was written by Juan Ayala, a Starbucks Partner and also a guest writer for Barista Life.  In the past, Juan has experience writing screenplays, manuscripts, and several short stories. His writing is rather professional, with a shot (pun intended) of sarcasm and humor.
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This is Part 2 of 7 in the series.  If you missed, "The Life of a Morning Barista - Part 1," please click here to read it first!

The Life of a Morning Barista - Part 1

The Life of a Morning Barista - Part 2

To be quite honest, getting up at 345 in the morning is not an easy task. 

You look awful, your hair resembles that of a hedgehog, and you may even have to pee with the force of a fire hose. 

The first anxious customer through those doors is a reminder that some people actually need the drug you're pushing, which is almost a sad fact.  

The upside of peddling of caffeine in this part of town is the abundance of pretty attire worn by those that reload their cards the amount of one of your paychecks.  

If you're one of those few that look halfway decent at 4am, and I'll be so forward as to say I fall in that category, your customers appreciation of you will start to brew. 

If you're like me: someone who is dedicated, careful, and a coffee master that sports a black apron, then you may understand.

Along with drama of serving some of the most affluent people in the country, I work with employees whose life situations resemble those on shows such as Maury.


The following part of this story will detail some of the most ridiculous customer and employee interactions in the 'peak' of their fruition.  Enjoy.

Part 2/ be continued

Read Part 1