Part II of On Coffee and Uselessness
Thanks for providing all the different coffee shop response scenarios, they really did help and will continue to help.
It turns out the shop experience of tossing a paper cup to make my drink in my cup was a fluke- a result of a holiday temporary employee who had a brain fart while mixing my drink.
I tested my likely places to get coffee and some less-likely ones too to see how likely the situation is. They all report that if a customer provides their own cup the coffee shop will make up the drink in their cup with a shop spoon that is washed after use.
So, how to help keep these extra cup slip ups to a minimum?
- Get to know your baristas. Once they know your preferences, they’ll likely stick to them. And tip them appropriately.
- Stick to habitual places, shops whose policies you know.
- Clean and dry your cup before handing it over to the coffee shop staff. If you forgot to clean your cup- mention it as you hand over your cup and tip to compensate for their cleaning of your cup. And be better about remembering to clean your own cup.
- Mention your preference of not using another cup if you are dealing with an unfamiliar employee or new-to-you coffee shop.
Next on my coffee to-do list. Get an 8 oz cup to replace the 16 oz one in my daily commute.