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I have been working for Starbucks for over four years. But no, this post is not about me and my job or whether or not I like it. This post has everything to do with your writing environment.
I know that writers thrive at Starbucks. I've heard it. Seen it. Listened to people chat online about the hours they spend in their favorite coffee shop.
As a barista, I'm pretty much the overlord of everything that makes you comfortable as a writer. I have the power to make your ears bleed with loud music or make your drink taste better than it already does. I know the science behind your espresso and how the heck your supposed to get wifi in this gosh darned confusing place.
I also have some tips.
Tip One: Food
I'm kind of into food. Calorie intake, fat intake, you name it. Sometimes, I nearly have a heart attack with the orders of my customers. No, people, A Venti Extra-Caramel Caramel Frappuccino and a maple scone isn't breakfast. Or an afternoon writing snack. It's your suggested calorie count for the DAY.
In fact, it may be good to avoid the pastry case altogether unless you plan on getting a pastry and an unsweetened tea, or a water. If Starbucks is your constant safe haven, the sugar can add up over time (and also make you fatigued during your prime writing hours, which is something all of us want to avoid!). Pastries that are the exception are Marshmallow Dream Bars and Organic Blueberry Oat Bars.
Snacks that also are the exception, if you're hungry, are the all natural snacks they have outside of the case, such as the Two Moms in the Raw bars, the all natural dried fruit, and the organic nuts.
Tip Two: Drinks that kill your wallet and kill your soul
Seriously. Milk based espresso drinks and frappuccinos will probably destroy you if you have them every day. If not your figure, than definitely your bank account. If you're into a lot of caffeine but not into spending five dollars, try iced coffee. It packs a bigger punch than espresso and is about half the price of a white mocha. If you're not into having tons of caffeine, iced teas, even sweetened, are less than 100 calories and are around $2.
Avoid the whip
Embrace the Organic soy!
Remember, Matcha Green Tea Powder has a good amount of caffeine and lots of antioxidants. And it's also yummy!
Tip Three: Be comfortable
The music too loud? We can adjust it. Can't figure out wifi? We can help. Need me to watch your laptop as you use the restroom or grab a sandwich from next door? I can do that too. I always hear people whining about the atmosphere and my response always is: "Well, did you ask?" As for me, I'm definitely biased towards writers. I always want to make them as comfortable as possible because I know how it is!
And finally, my favorite writing food/drink pairings:
tall coffee/caramel macchiato biscotti
iced soy green tea latte/ dried apricots
iced venti no water unsweetened passion tea (0 calories!) and a double chocolate brownie (to make up for it :-) )
Also, I never forget my headphones (sometimes we play pretty obnoxious music.)
And, it's a good idea to bring a throw blanket, because corporate controls temperature at a lot of stores, and it can get pretty cold sometimes for no reason!
Questions? Comments? I pretty much know everything there is to this coffee paradise. Just ask. :)