And now, I basically work on Sesame Street.
I woke up at 4:30am and drove in the wee, dark, morning hours to meet my new boss, Steve, at 5:05. I love the feeling of being awake and moving around before the rest of the world. (I especially love it when I don't have to do it every day.) And I can't wait until I live close enough to ride my bike there.
I shadowed Steve as we measured the beans and freshly ground enough coffee for our morning shift - nine carafes. All of our coffee is shade grown and fair trade, and most of it is also organic. We never let a pot sit for over three hours. If it does, we dump it and freshly brew a new one.
Then we made seven rounds of (local, free range) scrambled eggs and cheese for the breakfast sandwich croissants, put on the music, and opened the doors.
Steve greeted nine out of ten people that walked in by name, and asked if they wanted their usual. He introduced each person to me, and I spent the morning being welcomed by long-time customers as though they were the employees and I was the guest.
At some point, the woman who bakes all of our pastries brought two tupperware tubs of fresh wares for the day. Then the burrito man came with our burrito delivery, the vegan cookie lady came to fill up our display case, and the fish guy came to tend to our giant fish tank. Around 7:30am when the third employee arrived, Steve and I walked down the block to buy bagels from the bagel place.
I got a delicious, free egg and cheese sandwich, and all the coffee I could drink. Towards the end of my shift, Steve asked me to sit down and read the four-page essay by the original owner of the Mug. It was an inspiring manifesto about community, and how the Mug is intended to be a "third place" in a world where most people spend their days isolated between their homes, workplaces, and cars. This coffeeshop is about much more than just caffeine.
I absolutely loved my first day of work. And the best part? I can leave it there at the end of the day.
|The Mug shot|
|Behind the counter|
|"Cuppa joe, mate?"|
|The crew: Haley, Alex, and Steve|