Saturday, April 16, 2005

Not content with burning their coffee, Starbucks plans to eliminate baristas 

That didn't take long, did it? Another class of entry level service jobs blasted away...

Starbucks moves to automated espresso machines that tamp and pour espresso shots on their own, leaving the Starbucks barista to just push a button and steam some milk. Lara Wyss, a spokeswoman for Starbucks, said an automatic machine would soon be in each of the company's 6,800 American stores.
(via Times)

The obvious next step is to make the whole operation self-service, eh?

Heck, I can get bad machine coffee at work. Why do I need to go to Starbucks?

Please patronize your local coffee shop. Not only will the coffee be better, they'll definitely have better pastries. And free WiFi.

NOTE Alert reader Frank posts a link to locate non-corporate coffee shops by zip. I tested it for my neighborhood in Philly, and it works!

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