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Had a bit of a search around and didn't really see many recent mentions of coffee shops in Canterbury, but due to recently spending most weekends there hunting for good coffee I'll give my two cents. MicroRoastery - St.Margarets Street - You'll smell the roasting beans before seeing this little shop, tucked away from the main high street. A very cosy atmosphere in the shop entrance, with the bean dispensers on the wall adding a nice touch. Out the back is where the roasting happens, thoroughly enjoyed drinking a flat white whilst watching the process right in front of me. Great tasting coffee and friendly staff as well. A flat white from MicroRoastery. Burgate Coffee House - By the cathedral - Have now had several lovely coffees here, located close to the cathedral with a couple of outside tables as well as a cosy indoor atmosphere. Use Union coffee beans and has always been very nice and consistent, also the homemade cakes are superb. A flat white from Burgate Coffee House. Will add to this when I've been to a few others, I know there are a couple more that have very good reviews Please add any more information if you've visited Canterbury in the pursuit for good coffee Adam
Well, here it is, the long awaited for thread! Ok, so. The begining of the summer holidays after secondary school before college i really wanted a job, to kepp the time over the summer occupied; Starbucks was one of the first places that i applied to in the late June 07, applied for loads of other jobs too, anyway.. my summer passed, no replys from anyone. Got a call from starbucks calling me in for an interveiw; so im waiting for the interveiw watching the girls behind the bar.. 'Wow. how the hell am i going to remember all of that?!' anyway, interveiw goes well, i get what Sbux call an OJE [on job experience]. im given a really quick basic training session on the bar [literally 5 mins] and im left on my own for an hour to see how i do. Turns out ive done really well, the hour passes really quickly and the only thing i struggle with is remembering the difference between latte and cap Im offered the job [the same day as offered a job at Woolworths[turned out i hated shelf stacking and boring till work, so i quit]]. Employment started on 13 August 2007 [this time last year! Exciting huh?] Ok. so, i get to know all the old people, have a laugh and really enjoy working at the Bux, tbth, i had absolutly no problems with any partners[starbucks word for collegues] [although, me and a new girl got told off for having a joke with another partner, that was taken a bit to much to heart, slapped wrists, appologised, and were really good freinds now, and the new girl left!]. Once had a problem with the manager.. She changed the rota without giving me notice, and turned out i had to work that day [i only went in to get a drink] at 3 oclock, this was at 12.30! what a cow. anyway, had a few harsh words with her, and she swears she didnt change it. well. i know different, but you cant exactly argue with the boss only being 3 weeks new..? Anyway, trained on the automatic espresso machine, trained on cafe, tills, and food. [incase your interested, discounts are 30% at all times; Free Drink before,during,after shift on handmade drinks[lattes,hotchoc,cap,frap..etc] before,during,after shift:1/2price food and one free bag of coffee every week!] Christmas came, big big hype about it: New red tshirts, new drinks, new coffee beans on offer [Christmas Blend, i can give you my tasting notes if you are interested?] i volounteered for a close down on xmas promotion, we stayed a few hours late to do a proper major clean up;walls, ceilings, behind boards. and had a laugh with everyone else. Weve all been out for a few drinks [maybe i shouldnt be saying this..?] but weve all gone out got drunk, had a great laugh, and maybe thats why i get on with everyone..?[im shy usually on first meetings you know?] Then, news of the new Starbucks store in basingstoke opening has traveled through our store, All the newly employed staff are to be transfered to the new store [literally 3mins away from old store..]. Me and the girl that i kind of bullied[?] helped set the new store up and i was suprised to see how cool it looked, alot brighter than the old store [but exaclty the same set up.. hmm.. haha]. over the last 4-5months that its been open weve had several managers: Manager of the old store --> She was ok, but didnt really seem to care about the store, or the people, only getting it set up.. Newly Trained manager[who had previous experience, working for sbux as a supervisor somewhere up north.. o.O] --> really nice and friendly, pretty old though! Asst. Manager of old store --> Really funny, easy to get along with, could probably get away with murder.. Current Manager[newly trained, new to sbux, used to be a manager for Next..] --> well, lets say hes more interested in our store making money than he is interested in what the staff think of him.. Ok, hes not that bad!! but. he realy does have his moments, and when he does, theyre major!! [For instance.. Last sunday, we had 3 people in from 12.30 til 6, about 1+1/2hrs of breaks to cover, and no hope in hell of being out ontime, well we were out 30mins late.. not too bad, but because he hasnt hired any new people yet, we couldnt get any other people to come help us, so we had to suffer.. Well, current status of our store: -Some new people joining our store.. -Two supervisors leaving, one barista training to be a supervisor [that leaves our store with 1 manager, 1 supervisor.. should be funny..] -3 baristas on holiday, 1 in hospital [appendicitis], leaving... 4[?] to work the next week.. Well.. i hope thats informative.. maybe a bit too much detail.. and i probably rambeled on for most.. sorry if its too hard to read But, hopefully youve spent some nice time to read, maybe over a nice steaming cup of Starbucks® - Ethiopia Sidamo -Ant
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 from my timestamp, my sleeping pattern is completely messed up right now, and I think I will probably trawl through the rest of the posts on here before I even think about going to bed.. :read: But anyway, if you want to get to know me / ask any questions, feel completely free!! -Antony