Starbucks Barista

Starbucks Barista

Green Siren

Central, TX

Female, 26

After working all day in a cubicle, I'd spend my nights as your friendly, neighborhood Starbucks barista! I remembered your name, made each drink exactly to your specifications and did it all with a bright smile. I've served celebrities, worked both drive thru & cafe stores, worked every holiday and have kept the customers from knowing about all the craziness that goes on behind the scenes... until now. Ask me anything.

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Last Answer on June 12, 2016

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Did working there turn you into a coffee fiend (or turn you off altogether)?

Asked by Joelle about 7 years ago

My first job in a coffee shop really hooked me on coffee... I couldn't get enough AND I became a total snob about it, so I actually refused to go to Starbucks at all until I began working there. Now I love Starbucks! Maybe I drank the green kool-aid, but really, it's because I know what I'm getting (a consistent, well-made drink) and the corporation puts their money where their mouth is.

If a non-Starbucks coffee shop were to open across the street from your store, would you guys be concerned about competition? Or is Starbucks just so big and entrenched that it really wouldn't affect you?

Asked by Tony T.T. about 7 years ago

I honestly can't speak to that, but I suspect Starbucks wouldn't care. On that note, I worked in a local shop that was across the street from a Starbucks and there was plenty of coffee drinkers to go around. We were the highest traffic and revenue generating store in the city... followed closely by the Starbucks across the street.

Do the employees get to choose the music that plays in your store, or does corporate determine that? If the latter, does hearing the same stuff over and over again drive you nuts?

Asked by Cha cha cha... about 7 years ago

Corporate dictates the playlists but we can choose them. There are usually 10-15 at any given time with a wide variety of musical styles. They also add a new one every few weeks or so.

But no, it doesn't drive me nuts because I only noticed it when the store was really quiet... Which is almost never (perks of working in a high volume store!). The worst is around Christmas though, when you are forced to play the Christmas playlist at certain times.

Did you burn yourself all the time?

Asked by Bostonian about 7 years ago

Yes! I'm pretty clumsy, so any opportunity I had to burn myself early on... I did. Eventually I learned how to avoid it.

Is it true that Starbucks employees get full health benefits? How many hours per week are required to qualify for that?

Asked by Milynn about 7 years ago

Yes, that is true! As long as you hit 240 hours per quarter (about 20 hours/week) then you qualify.

What is it about caramel sauce that makes it such a pain to make a drink with?

Asked by Olsen, Jimmy about 7 years ago

It's really thick and difficult to work with. It just adds a lot of extra time to making a drink, which can add up when you have a LOT of extra caramel sauce drinks.

Thank you for doing this!!!

I have a Q for you. What's the single most annoying thing that customers do on a daily basis? The thing that, no matter how seemingly minor, just drives you up the wall...

Asked by Amanda StL almost 7 years ago

Complain about things that the baristas have no control over--such as the price of anything--and try to get special treatment or a discount. Corporate dictates prices and specials and trust me, there is NOTHING we can do about it, even if we want to.