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    Core 2 Coffee Master @ Sbux
  1. Agreed, the flat white only just come into Sbux stores, however, i'm not sure on the price..! I'm aware that each partner has to be 'certified' for making these, but again, i'm not sure on the full detail of this.. My first 3/4 attempts were admireable imho, except the rosetta wasn't quite right.... a very small modest rosetta squashed at the side..! more practise i think! -Antony
  2. If I'm on the bar, and I've not finished making their drink, ie. not put the milk in, and they have brought the sugar over, I will offer them to put the sugar in first, before I add the shots/milk; leaving them no need to waste a stirrer, and personally, i always find, if i'm adding sugar, its best to put it in first! But.. if I'm on the till/calling the line, I will politely indicate where we keep our sugar..!! -Antony
  3. But thought I'd introduce myself here for all the new people that I missed..! My name is Antony and I am currently studying for my degree in Computer Science at Kent University, staying in Canterbury in halls, and finally managed to get a job back with Starbucks after trying for about 4months. I was originally employed at Starbucks back in August 07, as a barista, making my way to Store Coffee Master June 08, then leaving the company for Uni in Sept 09. And thankfully I'm hired again as a SCM in a big old cathederal store in Burgate, Canterbury. And, as you can probably tell fro
  4. Hi Tom, just wanted to say a big Hello, as I am also a Starbucks Coffee Master [of one and a half years]. Im curious as to what Store you work in in Swindon, and how long you've been working there, and been a SCM? -Antony
  5. hmmm.. I am looking forward to getting some training on the Flat White.. I have been able to make make Hearts in the normal Tall, Grande and Venti cups, but as I'm only just back into the company, I missed the big hype about Flat White.. It seems all of the big players are now offering this speciality..! I'm very keep to try it, but don't want to waste my money if I get someone who makes it badly.. I'd rather be trained, then try my own.. at least that way i know it will be upto standard.. Anyone else feel this way? Or is it just me..? haha -Antony
  6. Just thought I'd give a bit of info onto a nearly dead thread.. At Starbucks they give a 25p[?] discount to anyone who brings in their own mug, for either takeaway or stay-in. I wouldn't say its a regular occurance.. But occasionally we get the odd person coming in with a T/O cup. As you probably know, Sbux do offer pernament T/O cups, which are generally expensive, and [in most stores] only have the small [Tall] size avaliable. These are all marked proudly with the Sbux logo, and therefore would only be suited to regular Sbux Takeawayers, as they would probably never dream of using them i
  7. Just further to that post, I have now, after 4 months of wasting time, I have managed to get a job here in Canterbury, where I am studying Computer Science at the University of Kent. I got a job in the Starbucks in Burgate, which is a nice old catherderal store, which gets very busy at the weekends! but thankfully my manager has had 5/6years experience in the store, and has great team leadership skills, driving our store into a great success, making sure that we meet the standards of Starbucks, and making sure that each and every customer gets the level of service that they expect! So, Tim
  8. Hello guys, sorry for the very long absence here; Just to answer some questions that I missed a few years ago..[was it that long?!] Tim: I've been in alot of Starbucks in the South of England.. and to be totally honest, the service has been appauling; no eyecontact walking through the cafe, barely any customer service at the till, and a quick glance 'here's your caramel mac' at the bar, generally followed by a search for a free seat and a clear of the table. The service was generally improved once i had shown my Partner Card.. but we all know that is not good enough! However, the last 4/5m
  9. Hey guys, sorry i havnt been on for a while, been busy with college and work! Anyway, some news, I won Partner of the Quarter, as far as im aware, its out of the district [hampshire and surrey] but i may be wrong, and because of this, i get to attend a fully paid for lunch with the big bosses of the UK and the other POTQs, [did i say i get paid my hours for going,and travel reimbursed?]. Its all good! so, if any of you guys are in Bristol, let me know and well go grab a cup! Its now been a year [and a month..?] with the old girl, and things in store are still not settled... Management prob
  10. yeahh we do that.. but if you hang onto the bottle long enough.. after it cools you dont need the lid.. and can then recylce it -Ant
  11. Glenn, The old store has been open for about 2-3 years now, to my knowledge.. and yes it still functions.. its inside a busy shopping mall, whereas my store is outside in a smaller shopping mall, literally 5min walk from store door to store door! because the new store is between the main shopping mall, and the train station, we get alot of commuters coming in, and theres an office park near to the trainstation, so we tend to get office workers coming in after theyve finished work. with regards to clients migrating over, there are a few people who i recognise, erm, Grande Americano with S
  12. AntonyO

    Coffee Cherries

    is it possible to buy/import Coffee Cherries? because, as coffee master, i would like to experience, and share my experience of eating the fruit of our favorite plant.. ive looked all the places i can find on the internet about buying them.. but is it actually possible? -Ant
  13. Well. i have a small [crappy] grinder at home.. that i can use for now.. [its not that bad] and after a while practising ill get a fine grind.. as for machine.. i can get a Gaggia for ~£179, but i can get the Starbucks Barista for ~£150.. both machines look the same, have the steam wand[v. important for me] and im a bit confused what to do.. the starbucks machine claims it can do 4mins solid steam on one tank.. hmm. i guess its just down to the astetics? Also, on this very subject, a couple were in my store earlier today asking about espresso machines, cus they wanted to buy one.. so i tal
  14. Not strictly 'Green' but food for thought.. You guys may/may not know that milk bottle tops[and the bottle itself] is made of grade '2' plastic HDPE High-Density Polyethylene which is recyclable! Well, at my starbucks store, we save all of our milk bottle tops and me and a partner Alex, spent the day down at southampton where Charity Gift of Sight are based, and we deposited them [three massive seethru bags of milk bottle tops], we went down on the train and got the bus to the General hospital where theyare based[got some funny looks on the way.. :/] Anyway, i think its a good idea
  15. yeah a blog isnt a bad idea.. although, i may need to make it an annonmous one.. as i would probably moan a bit too much about my work collegues..? and with regards to the server space, i do have my own website..[www.ant-web.co.uk] which i havnt touched for a while.. maybe a project for when i go back to college and i guess thats a plus! i would be shot for drinking alcohol on my break!
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