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  • Portland, OR
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What is your position in the coffee industry?
barista, home barista, coffee enthusiast
Where are you located? ( City and Country )
Portland, OR
How many years have you been in the industry?
Since April 2007
If you are a barista or shop, are you interested in a barista exchange with another coffee shop/barista?
Tell us more about your coffee shop or barista skills.
I'm a novice barista with a lot to learn. I'm currently employed as Starbucks barista, so lack the skills that a lot of other baristas have. In regards to an exchange, I don't have a lot to offer at the moment other than a lot of passion and drive to help and learn more about my profession.
What cities or countries are you interested in traveling to?
Any and all! Anywhere in Europe sounds particularly attractive.
About Me:
As stated in my skills section, I'm a novice barista with a lot to learn. I'm currently employed as Starbucks barista, so lack the skills that a lot of other baristas have. Having said that, I'd like to add that I'm dedicated to making the highest quality coffee I can, and building relationships in the coffee industry and the people who buy the coffee I enjoy creating for them. After I graduate from college, I'd like to move on a shop that can teach me what pulling an espresso shot is truly like, instead of just pushing a button. I'd like to gain all the experience and knowledge that I can so that one day, when I'm good an ready, I can open up my own specialty coffee facility. My website is currently under construction.
About My Company:
I work for a licensed Starbucks store. One day, I will have more things to add here.
What is your favorite thing about the coffee industry?
The passion.

Shanna's Blog

Why work fo a Licensed Starbucks?

Posted on March 31, 2008 at 11:24am 2 Comments

Starbucks has a lot of controversy, especially within the professional coffee world, and I understand that fully. I'm often looked down upon by both professionals and by Starbucks baristas alike because I worked for a licensed (almost like a franchise but not quite) Starbucks store. So I'm writing this blog to clear up what my purpose is for working at such a place, and my plans for the future.

First off, my paychecks are signed by the Kroger owned company Fred Meyer, a Northwestern… Continue

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At 5:00am on November 17, 2008, Steve MacDowall said…
greetings from the east cost of Canada - my main drinking hole is Starbucks - Steve
At 10:23pm on November 1, 2008, Brendan said…
If you ever want to try a shift or two at an independent shop drop me a line!
At 1:00pm on July 9, 2008, Troy Reynard said…
Whatya think of my new doo?
At 8:41am on May 14, 2008, M*Boogey said…
Hey! I'll add ya! You're in Oregon?
At 10:29am on May 9, 2008, Doc said…
wow!!! Hye Shanna. You can call me Doc I;m from Malaysia and currently working In Starbucks since 2003..Yes it been tiring working now days a lot of new thing to be catch up.
At 4:57pm on April 27, 2008, David Timms said…
At 3:35pm on April 27, 2008, Monte said…
I have looked on the internet at several different franchises. I have received information on Beaner's. My wife and I have made a trip to Charleston to visit one of the Beaner's. For the amount of start up cost, I did not feel it was worth it.

I want something moderately priced. In the event it does not go well here in town I will not loose everything I have.
I am open to any suggestions. I want to start up and grow if possible.
At 12:59am on April 8, 2008, Tyler said…
how is your learning going? would love to chat coffee with ya sometime
At 8:01am on March 20, 2008, Joe Marrocco said…
Thanks for stopping by. And,... Hello to you as well!
At 7:43pm on March 19, 2008, Ed Whitehorn said…
Hi back! Sounds like you are in the right area of the country for specialty coffee. The Southeast is lagging way behind!

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