Coffee in the morning is many Aussies' favourite pastime. From the edgy cafe in the city, to the super friendly barista at the coffee shop down the street, everyone has that one element of the brew and its culture they love and it's easy to see why. However, making sure you're a courteous customer when you step into a cafe or come face-to-face with the man or woman who's making your nice hot cup tends to be pretty vital to ensure you get what you wanted at the end of the line. Here's how to do it right...
Know your order
Baristas might be gods of coffee, but they ain't no psychic! Knowing which coffee you're after by the time you get to the counter keeps things in the line moving and a stress-free barista. And that means a good coffee!
Have your cash or card ready to roll
In a similar effort to keep the cafe moving and the barista working at a steady pace - so you get your coffee ASAP! - having the correct change or at least your bank card at the ready to hand over, swipe or tap makes the whole process that much more steady.
Bring your own reusable coffee cup
This one's a biggie! There are so many 'responsible cafes' out there who are doing their part for the well-being of the environment by reducing customers' use of disposable coffee cups (did you know you cannot recycle disposable coffee cups and they take over 20 years to rot in landfill?). And the best bit? Well, many of these cafes even offer a discount to you if you BYO cup! There are so many available out there for you to buy; some of our favourites are below!
Don't forget to recycle
Lots of baristas watch people misuse bins provided in their cafes, mixing paper with plastic and even pouring excess coffee from their cup into it if it's too full. What a shocker! Courteous bin use goes a long way in the eyes of the person behind the machine.
It's not common, but it helps
In Australia, tipping sure isn't customary, but who doesn't enjoy a little extra drinking money on a weekend? If you've got a few spare cents rolling around the purse, they often have a happy cup on the counter to take anything you no longer want or need.