Earlier this week, I received the following comment:
"Sometimes I think you fail to take into account how hard these companies are already working to stand out from the larger chains. And especially the baristas. It seems you rarely have anything positive to say about the work they do - aside from some physical fixations you have on a few of the females."
I'm going to split this comment into two parts, as I believe it consists of two statements with diametrically opposed levels of validity. The first is everything before the dash. The second is everything after it.
As for the first part: entirely valid. One problem, I believe, it that this website isn't structured as well as I'd like. I'll be working to change that in the near future. Though I couldn't be more convinced that the reader's conclusion doesn't reflect reality, he or she wrote "it seems", so I have no grounds on which to dispute it.
I invited the reader to search this site for "barista" using the Google search in the right sidebar. He or she didn't take me up on it (yet). So, I'll make an effort to re-post some of my past statements from time to time, just to make sure the message gets through:
"Earlier this afternoon, my favorite barista was working at Alterra Bayshore, so there was no choice for me but to order a double" -- August 10, 2008. Incidentally, this barista is a male.
"The excellent barista conflated me with a fellow coffee geek--I think I know exactly who--by asking "double espresso tonight"?" -- October 8, 2008.
Oh, and while creating this page I noticed that I already have a page called "Alterra: Kings and Queens of the 'Spresso Machine", the link to which is visible every single time someone loads up milwaukeespecialtycoffee.com.
Honestly, there's just no pleasing some people. Guess I'll just have to start leaving a tip.