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Lean Times Are Bean Times
Take a look behind your favorite coffee shop counter. Behind the college-age kids drizzling caramel could lurk something unique: a barista who is working her dream job.
Coffee served by chain and independent shops involve much more than a scoop of Yuban and a quick stir of sugar; for some workers, crafting the perfect drink is part skill, part art, and all passion. More baristas are throwing themselves headfirst into their jobs and training to create your perfect cappuccino.
The American Barista & Coffee School in Portland offers the chance to shell out $1,795 for a four-day training course, and the school has graduated hundreds since its creation. The Culinary Institute of America is jumping on the dark roast bandwagon and now requires barista training for their pastry students.
There are 25,000 coffee shops in the U.S. that help get you wired every morning, and with about five baristas at each, that equals...well, a whole lot of people slaving away steaming milk. The most competitive coffee aficionados can strut their stuff at the U.S. Barista Championship each year, and their community gets their chat on at BaristaExchange.com.
Even though Starbucks announced 600 store closures, coffee sales were up 5% from the past year, proving that when the buck stops, the bean still drops (into your cup). Guess it's still the go-to beverage during these confusing times.
We love when people are passionate about their jobs! What do you feel is the difference between a job and a career? And, on a sidenote, what’s your drink order? [MSNBC]