I have a new job! This will be my sixth job within my 19 years but honestly I think out of them all since I started working at 13, this was the job I least expected to ever have! I am a barista girl! After 4 happily spent years firmly stuck in retail, this was a complete surprise for me. I mean I worked in a restaurant as a waitress before and although it was okay, it certainly wasn’t something which I wanted to encounter again. But being a barista is something different, new and scary as hell but I tried it and surprisingly found that I do enjoy it!
I work in this tiny little coffee shop which is run by a football club. Occasionally I work the desk of the stadium when kids clubs are on and they need someone to man the desk and pour filter teas and coffees. Now many of my friends would see the irony in my new profession, I dislike coffee immensely and often the smell makes me nauseous and I have no idea about football at all. Yet these are the main two things which I am guaranteed to encounter in every single shift I do, but despite that I enjoy my job.
I have been there almost a month now. I have mastered working the big scary coffee machine and coffee grinder, I have broken the till once (don’t worry it was fixed quickly after), I’ve spilled more coffee than I can count, remained calm when the queue has been out the door and even began to remember some of the regulars orders. My shifts are typically around the five hour mark which is good because I can still focus on my studies while I’m commuting too, and I often arrive ten minutes before the boss. It’s a good environment and it’s near home so getting to and from work doesn’t cause too much problems.
I feel surprisingly calm behind that counter making coffees. I suppose that makes me a Barista Girl now?