Today’s Chicago Daily Herald published a sort of barista confessional by Kerry Lester, detailing some of the professional oddities and insights of working in a Chicago Starbucks: Daily Herald | A former barista spills the beans. Whether it’s continually smelling of coffee, getting hit on by customers, learning how to live in a regularly over-caffeinated state, or gaining 15 pounds from sampling the toss-outs, it’s all here.

Not to mention some additional customer archetypes, including:

  • Hot moms
  • Laptop guys
  • Teenagers with too much allowance
  • The Trivia People
  • The OCDs

UPDATE: June 10, 2007
For whatever odd reasons, the Chicago Daily Herald decided to take down this article … eventhough there are still references to it in Google’s News search, for example.