3.01.2006

Au Lait?


I will be the first to admit that I have a caffeine addiction. I have been known to go to the coffee shop by my work twice in one day. Dilaram has wondered to himself how I could spend 17 dollars in one day at a coffee shop. I have no doubt that living in Portland only escalated this addiction; a place where there is almost a coffee shop on every block, and I don't mean Starbucks either.

So, since I started working at my current job two years ago I have become known at this little shop. It's actually not so little, it's in an old bank, they still have some of the old vaults which you can sit and sup in, it's cool. They also have a great selection of teas-all Republic of Teas, yum. The baristas there know my name and are already making my drink when I come in the door. It's nice, kind of like Cheers or something. They roast all their own coffee and they just started making their own pastries.
Why I am saying all of this? Because today I have an interview with the owner about working there. I'll probably just work on evenings and weekends. As a second job I hope to gain the following: experience that I can use when I open my own shop, free coffee(this is a very good reason), a little extra money. The money thing is not really that big of a motivator since I know I won't make much. But the number one reason? I'll be a cool barrista! yeah. I know silly, but I always like all the barrista girls there, and I just want to be that cool.

9 comments:

S E E Quine said...

` Sooo... is this a non-Pentarchy post? I always did like your blog....

Laura said...

"Where everyone (or is it everybody...hmmm) knows your name" That actually makes since. I mean, if you are spending money in this place, it wouldn't hurt to get the coffee for free. You are right about the experience... it never hurts to have too much knowledge about a particular subject, especially if you want to go on a financial adventure with it someday! Good thinking!

Dilaram said...

I had to stop drinking so much coffee, it was making me sleepy all the time.

Amber said...

See, some peopel overdose, and they need to sleep it off.
Yeah, they all know my name, sadly I'm so bad with names I don't remember a lot of theirs.
The fact that both Quine and Laura posted means there is no such thing as a Pentarchy or no Pentarchy for that matter.

Anonymous said...

Oh, Portland. I agree that it could only exacerbate addictions of any kind, and certainly coffee ones.

I am glad that you will be joining the ranks of the cool barristas. I can only hope that you won't develop the patented barrista sneer I recall so well from Portland. Because, as my friend Aimee said of Dot's, "If I wanted to be served cold potatoes by sneering hipsters, I could stay at home."

Seriously, though, congrats, and enjoy.

Jess

cassie d said...

they would be crazy not to hire you! Of course you'll get experience! When you open your own shop, you can have Josh work there as the resident artist and coffee addict, and me as your local gardener! Are you thinking of opening a tea house?

Amber said...

Dude, in my shop I would be the resident coffee addict, but there will be room for more than one, in fact the more the better because that means profits.

totalvo said...

I worked in a cafe a few years ago.. I loved it.. I recently quit coffee, I hav'nt had a cup in nearly a month.. I think it just wrecks my body..

Amber said...

Perhaps when I reach the age of wisdom that Dilaram keeps telling me about I won't be able to ingest coffee as well.