I really love being back in Seattle and there are so many amazing perks to living in this city. Oh, did you hear a big BUT coming on? Well, you guessed it- I have a gripe. You likely know that this city is known for being a bit coffee crazy. It's the birthplace of Starbucks and Tully's and there were new independent drive through espresso stands popping up left and right before the rest of the country had even heard about the latte/mocha/cappuccino craze. Now that I'm back I've sadly found that most of these little drive through spots have since been turned into bikini barista establishments. You heard that right- the people making your coffee are wearing bikinis. I'm sure there are a lot of strong opinions on this topic and different ways to look at it (are they degrading themselves, or empowering themselves, etc, etc), but I gotta say I just don't like it. I don't feel comfortable ordering my coffee from you if you have all your goods out on display. Is this really the only way that the little guys can compete with the big bad corporations these days? I guess everyone has their angle, but I know for each customer they gain because of the assets they display they've got to be losing others like me.
Maybe I should open my own stand catering to those who shy away from the bikini barista joints. I'd staff it with hot, sensitive, book loving men. Picture the steamy new werewolf from True Blood. He wouldn't even have to take off his shirt! Just set down that book when I drive up, sell me some coffee and ask me about my feelings now and then.