Saturday, August 22, 2015

You want what?

Prudence's beloved roasts coffee and dispenses cups of happiness.  Along with witticisms.

He has a particular aversion to repetitive questioning or uncouth requests.

Some unfavourites:
  • Been busy?
  • How long have you been here?
  • Do you really roast your own coffee?
  • Can I have my coffee extra hot?
That last is an insult to the beans, if you were going to ask that of a barista, don't.

Then this:

Customer: Can I have a flat white, please, without the milk?

Pause.

Beloved:  Sorry?

Customer, embarrassed:  A flat white...

Beloved:  ... without the milk?

Pause.

Beloved:  So you want an espresso? 

(technical detail: a flat white is an espresso with milk)

Customer:  Um.

Eventually, they worked that he wanted a long black.

Which is quite a different thing.

One wonders how other, less understanding, baristas have handled such a request.

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