5 Things You Do that Annoy Baristas

As told by baristas. Your triple venti, nonfat, no whip mocha may be one of these things.

Coffee shops are always the best hangout spots.

They fill a lot of needs in a small area whether it’s a caffeine addiction or a sweet tooth. They’re always there to help us out. They’re always willing to get us exactly what we want, but there are some things that we do that tend to get on the nerves of the baristas who work there.

1. You don’t know your order.


More likely than not, you will have enough time to think about what you want while you’re waiting in line. When there is a line out the door and you are asking all of your friends what they want instead of actually telling the barista, nothing is being done to help you.

Most of the people in line behind you aren’t going too happy about that either. The baristas are always willing to help customers, but you have to tell them what you want in order for them to help you.

2. You remind them about your order while they’re making it.

Like I said before, there is usually a huge line. Because of this, there is expected that your order is going to take a little bit longer to get ready. There are at least 10 drinks to make before yours even gets looked at. They know that your order is there. They are working their way through the orders.

Now, if they actually do forget your order, they are more than willing to make yours right away. If there is anything wrong with your drink or you simply just don’t like it, they will make you a new one. Waiting at the register, however, for your drink when there is a huge line is not going to go over well with anyone.

3. You gesture instead of telling them a size.


If you don’t know what the size is called, it’s fine. Small, medium and large will do. You can point to a cup, even the wrong one, it really doesn’t matter. They like to help! Trying to measure the length with your hands is not going to work. It also just doesn’t look right. No barista is going to be able to know what you want by doing that.

4. You abuse privileges.

Baristas are always happy to be doing what they’re doing. That’s something they have told me repeatedly. They love their jobs. Just be mindful that it is their workplace, and they are doing their best to get you what you want.

Changing your mind right after you get your drink isn’t cool to do to a barista. They’ll change it for you, but try to be mindful of how many drinks they have to make at any given moment.

There are also some people who will come in and abuse the motto, “The customer is always right”. If you are rung up and tell the barista that you were charged $3 for the same drink the other day, they can’t fight you on it. Don’t use it against them. It makes everyone’s life more difficult.

5. They are nice to you, but you don’t return this.


It’s something that bothers most people. You know the feeling you get when you say hi to someone and are sincere about it, but they completely ignore it? It isn’t a good feeling! These people are serving you and giving you exactly what you want. It doesn’t take much to be nice. Right?

When being asked to clarify your order, don’t get mad at them; they just want to make sure your order is correct. It does not mean that you have to talk slowly to them. They understand what you’re saying. Some of their biggest things are when they say hi to someone, and the customer shouts his or her order instead of saying “hi” back.

Even though some things annoy them, baristas love their job. They enjoy making customers happy and giving them exactly what they want. They’re people just like us. We get annoyed, but we still do what we have to do.

If there’s something else you know of that annoys baristas, or you have some opinions about this topic, then please share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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Myranda Siegert

Hey, I'm Myranda. I'm an absolute hopeless romantic. I've always loved writing about subjects that will hit close to home, and make people really think more deeply about themselves. I show myself through my writing, as well as my photography.

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