All posts tagged: humour

Ever wondered what your barista is really thinking? Wonder no more.

For the past 8 years I have, as most of you know, been involved in coffee. In the last year I have been more involved with the front of house operations of coffee. Physically… Day in and day out… Serving coffee to people. Now I use the term people… Very loosly here. I have met some gems of the human species. I’m gonna mention a few situations, and I promise a lot of you may go. Uh no… There’s no ways people are that crap? So here are a few of my “observations” as a barista on the front line. 1. It’s ok to greet people I cannot begin to tell you how many times I have said “Hello” or “How are you?”, with a genuine tone and smile to only have returned. “2 coffees”. People… It’s ok to say hello. I’m not a robot. Nor am I a begger. I’m here to help, and most importantly. I am a human being. 2. “2 coffee’s” Do you remember when you were young, and your old …

My Top 5 Travel Tips

I travel a bit. For Work (and pleasure, of course). And stay in hotels. I’ve been doing it for a while now. And have picked up a few tricks along the way to make my trips as comfortable as possible. I want to share some of those with you now. 1.  Don’t fly the airline, fly the loyalty program Do the research and find out which airlines belong to which loyalty programs. Then stay under that umbrella. I fly SAA whenever I can. SAA belongs to the Star Alliance program. So when I can’t fly SAA, I’ll fly with one of the partner airlines. For one simple reason: miles. Life is expensive. Might as well get something for free. I have enough air miles today for a great overseas holiday with the wife this year. 2.  Forget taxis, get a driver Truth be told, I think this makes most sense in Africa (where most of my travel is to these days). Reliable, safe, formal taxies are stupidly expensive. I’ve done the math and have saved …