This post was written by, Liz Luveano, a barista at The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf and also a guest writer for Barista Life. Get to know her journey for about three years as a barista and later as a shift supervisor and the 7 tips she compiled for new baristas!
Coffee is an industry that has dozens of moving parts to make it function. Not least of which is the barista. This is why we spent the day with Ron Grieco, long-time barista, and co-owner of two Stacks Espresso Bar’s in Albany, NY.
His life didn’t start in coffee, and honestly, it took him a while to come around to it. It wasn’t until he was ready to move on from drugs and alcohol that he fell in love with the industry and all that it had to offer. Now, he owns two coffee shops, both fully staffed with wonderful people that have become coffee experts themselves. He wakes up early and stays up late because it’s his grind and he loves it (the caffeine helps too).