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Baristas have gotten a bad rap, even though many of them deserve it.  Many people have seen Funny or Die’s “Coffee Snobs” video, which I won’t link to here because of offensive language.  This video is a bit of an exaggeration, but it speaks volumes about the awful coffee-shop experiences people have had due to snooty baristas.

"Coffee Snobs" - Funny or Die

Jason Dominy of Batdorf and Bronson recently wrote a blog post entitled “No More Coffee Snobs.”

Jason Dominy

Dominy is a class-act, and is well-respected in the Specialty Coffee community.  Dominy states, “we have got to find a way to meet average customer halfway, without compromising our passion and thoughts on what good coffee is.”  He is exactly right. No one wants to be talked down to when they are buying a cup of coffee.

Chris DeferioChris Deferio (pictured above) is a former finalist for the United States Barista Championship.  He is another big name in the Specialty Coffee Community, and he too is an advocate of kindness in coffee. I think Deferio really hit on something in his comment on Dominy’s blog: “It seems that we have anthropomorphized coffee into our imaginary friend and are constantly trying to defend them against the customer who we view as the one who doesn’t believe in them. Without the customer we are nothing.”

Dear Specialty Coffee Community,

Please be nice.


For Aslan and the Volunteer State

In other related news, I have been greatly entertained this week by a series of posts on Quora about Tip Jars in Coffee Shops.   Here are some of my favorite funny, snarky, or just plain clever tip jars:

Darth Vader Tip Jar

I love Star Wars, Coffee, and tipping. So naturally, I am entertained by this.

Ninja Tip SharingVeiled threat about unseen ninjas jumping people in the parking lot…I like it.

Tupac or BiggieI’m not sure who I’d vote for, I can only say mo money mo problems.

Chuck Norris Kicking Justin BieberIf this were true, I would drive to wherever this is and put in $10.

Until later friends…


To quote my friend Lyle, “I sense a disturbance in the Fourth.”  Today is May 4th, and to Star Wars fans across the world it is Star Wars Day.  Several of the geekier fellows in the office (including myself) greeted one another today with “May the Fourth be with you.”  I loved Star Wars as a kid.  I mean what kid wouldn’t love to fly around space with a laser-blaster and a sidekick bear-dog?

In honor of my affinity for Star Wars references I have included this clever video of a pint-sized Darth Vader that was shown during the Super Bowl.

Also, for those of you that enjoyed yesterday’s post, here is a Thor-inspired parody of the video above:

Until later friends…May the Fourth be with you

I have long been a bit of a self-confessed nerd.  I like to read stuff that many people find boring, I can talk for hours about True Refrigerator Parts and Grease Traps, and I once won a Halo tournament.  You might even say I’m white and nerdy.

Weird Al at one point in this song says, “The only question I ever thought was hard was, ‘Do I like Kirk, or do I like Picard?'”  I am not a Star Trek fan, never have been, probably never will be – although I did watch the newest Star Trek movie because I am a Lost fan.  I think the truly difficult question is, “Do I like Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, or Harry Potter?”  This is the question this blog seeks to answer today, and being a good American I submit that we answer it with a popular vote.  I encourage you to be an informed voter by reading this.

Happy Voting!

Harry Potter vs. LOTR vs. Star Wars

Until Later friends…


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