Do you have a favourite barista in your go-to coffee shop? Is the coffee generally that bit better when they are working? Without trying to ruin that special person for you, it may not be them. Did you ever think it may just be the coffee?
These days a lot of coffee shops often change the coffee beans they use, which could be the reason some places you go can be hit or miss. You are basically ordering a different drink and can be completely unaware. One week you could get a juicy Kenyan; you love it, you tell your friends. You return and you get another flat white. You have a long awaited sip and … meh. It’s a nutty Brazilian. Generally speciality coffee places are good at communicating the origin of the coffee beans you buy, however many don’t have it on a menu and the barista doesn’t bother telling you. Which is poor form and it happens way too much for an industry trying to grow.
I think you’re wrong Darren, my barista is special.
I very well could be wrong, it has happened once before. To be honest: the majority of the time this isn’t the case, and the particular barista you love could just be better than the rest; taking care and dialing in the coffee regularly and just be a pro at steaming milk and pouring those rosettas, love hearts or tullips. This post is to just make you aware that this does happen, and that coffee shops can be cool and change the origin of the coffee they use; so you get a different flavoured cup which keeps coffee interesting.
How will I know?
Ask. Ask the barista if the beans ever change or is it a set blend or origin the whole time. The barista will either be delighted to engage in the conversation and if the coffee does regularly change talk about the coffee, and you become best friends. Or they say no. You may also get a response “I don’t know” which definitely indicates they don’t change.