So I figure not all of my posts have to be serious.

The other day I was telling one of my embarrassing stories to my boss and thought I should share it on here too.

I first learned how to be a barista when I went to Calvary Chapel Bible College in Murrieta in 2007. Working at the coffee shop there was the desired M199 (a required class where you work for free). When I went to Bible College it was a last minute decision and had applied, been accepted, and moved in all in the course of one weekend. Since it all happened so quickly they had to pick my M199 for me.

Working at the coffee shop was hard for me, and I wanted to do the best at it that I could. I don’t think I ever really got the training that I should have since the guy training me was more interested in training the girls then me. Needless to say I got stuck doing dishes and cleaning the floors more often then not.

When I would get the opportunity to use the espresso machine I would pray for help with each drink. This brings me to my embarrassing story I wanted to share.

It was the pastors conference and the shop was extra busy (the college is also a working Christian conference center). I was making a mocha for one of the pastors and wanted to bless him by making it extra nice. I decided to draw a star on top with the chocolate sauce then thought a circle around the star would look nice.

Without thinking I handed it to the pastor only to see a very confused look on his face. Surprised at his reaction I reexamined my work of art only to realize what it was. Yep, that’s right I handed a Pentagram mocha to a pastor at a Bible college. Thanks Satan for the late he must have been thinking. Poor guy he probably was expecting to relax and be restored by the Lord, instead he was forced to drink a beverage of Hellfire.

Actually the pastor was quite gracious after I apologized profusely and refused when I offered to remake it.

Even though working with espresso was difficult for me to learn, it has become one of my passions. Thankfully there were many people who were gracious of my blunders along the way.

Moral of the story, make sure you monitor your creativity with common sense. 🙂

© 2012, Matt Camphuis all rights reserved.

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