Is there some reason why we tip baristas and not fast food employees? Because going by this espresso-making video we just came across, even a 5-year-old could make you a decent cappuccino -- cute foam heart included!
Awwww, check it out: Little Ellanie and Ethan carefully operate the espresso machine. Look at that crema! And then they steam the milk and pour it just so. And with the sweetest smiles, too. When was the last time your barista served you a smile? Never, that's when. So now I'm wondering, if a couple of 5-year-olds can make a gorgeous cappuccino, doesn't that make the job look kind of easy?
Seriously, if a 5-year-old can make a cappuccino that kind of puts the art of high-end brewing on the same difficulty level as flipping burgers. Both involve industrial equipment, both involve dangerous levels of heat, and both have to be done a certain way. The burger flipper has the added responsibility of not killing customers with undercooked, contaminated beef. Who ever died from lack of crema in their espresso? If you ask me, burger flippers are the real life-savers.
But hey, I'm not recommending we start acting like Scrooge and stop tipping the baristas. Kids have to pay for their art degrees from Bard somehow, right? Maybe we should be tipping both baristas and the burger flippers. Just because the baristas make fancier, more expensive food doesn't make their jobs are any harder. And geez, you'd think if you were surrounded by yummy coffee smells, far from the burger grease, you'd smile a little more!
Meanwhile, baristas being baristas, there is already a debate brewing over whether the kids made a cappuccino or a latte over in the comments section on Eater. Excuse me! Coffee experts in the room! Oh brother, I guess they have to justify those tips somehow.
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