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In by Michael on August 26, 2010 at 12:52 am

Starbucks baristas come in two flavors, green and black. I never knew this: the ones in black aprons are ultra-elite Coffee Masters.

Wearing black ain’t easy. It takes 2 months of coffee training on every blend of coffee Starbucks sells, learning what each smells and tastes like, where the bean is grown, who grows it, and how it’s processed. They study grinders, coffee makers, and espresso machines inside and out.

No they don’t get paid more. They do it for respect.

In short, next time you’re at Starbucks and you see a black apron manning the machinery, order something fancy.

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  1. yeah totally. learned about it from my friend who’s a coffee nerd.

  2. awesome. half-calf decalf nonfat lowfat medium-light grind?

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