Erin and I are both Baristas at our local coffee shop and have been for several years; I started in August of 2010 and she started August 2011. I dreamed of becoming a barista since I was in high school. One specific memory I had was one day, when I was in one of my preteen mood swings, I went in to the coffee shop with tears in my eyes. The barista working noticed my sadness and served me up a mocha with a mountain of whip cream that was several inches higher than the brim of the cup. I left so much happier and I knew that I wanted to bring that kind of happiness to other people. Our lives have both drastically changed in really wonderful ways since we started serving coffee for a living.
First, we met each other. I never thought I would meet my best friend standing behind a coffee bar giggling about vacuuming and constantly smelling like coffee. It was at Mojo's where we became friends, plotted out our life together as bests friends and roommates, and schemed the beginnings of this here blog of ours.
Second, we have met some other really amazing people. Our boss has become like a mother hen to us and our coworkers have become a little family. Perhaps this is something that happens everywhere but really standing behind the bar with someone and bonding over coffee and such really helps you to get to know other people. I wouldn't trade in my Mojo's family for the world.
Meeting our customers has been pretty amazing too. I know so many people in our town now that I would have never known if I hadn't been standing in that one spot for most of a day, all week long. We meet people old and young and have wonderful conversations with them. I would have never imagined having several friends that were apart of our early morning older man group, but what do you know.. they are some of my favorite people to interact with on a daily basis.
Third, we seriously love coffee. It is so nice to be able to sip on a cup of coffee every single day and to bring other people the same happiness by serving them. Coffee is really a magical thing, plus it has health benefits!
There are so many other amazing things that go along with being a barista, but we just wanted to name a few.
ALSO, we're guest blogging over on Chandra's blog, Modern Day Charm, today while she's away in Cambodia! So head over there to see our whole outfit post.