The last two days brought nice things in my door. The first was a chemex brewer, courtesy of Jim. A touch late for a christmas present, but apparently shipping such items is an expensive business so all I can say is I’m very grateful. I’ev only brewed one cup so far, a coe from last year’s second harvest, called Buena Vista. I made it after breakfast which I don’t normally do and considering the reminents of weetabix still lingering in my mouth, I’ll hold back from judgement, either of the coffee or the chemex. Plus, I only roasted the coffee yesterday afternoon on the roaster in the Bewley’s cupping room.
The second little package was a set of business cards from moo. I don’t know if business card is the right word considering all they say is I’m a barista and give this blog address. Yet I’ve gotten them before and find them a good way of staying in touch with coffee people without adding a business dimension to a relationship. I’m still grappling with the idea that people actually pay me to do something I enjoy so much. I need to put a small disclaimer here; I am a firm believer that the responsibilty lies on all of us to promote the skill of a barista and get it the decent salary it so warrants, presuming the skill set is actually there. I really feel it’s a bad idea to pay a trainee barista well from the outset, but instead that one should clearly indicate the opportunities available for barista. If their quality improves, so does their pay. Makes sense to me anyway. Anyone feel differently?