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Small World Barista Reunions: Where Are They Now?

By Jacqui | Thursday, May 31st, 2012 at 6:43 pm


We’ve hired and trained thousands of baristas in our 19 years in business.  From the moment that each one dons their red apron and steps behind our counter, they become part of our Small World Family.  It’s not hard to recognize the camaraderie amongst the crew – they enjoy working together and come to care deeply about one another.  Our customers become a part of this family, too, after seeing familiar faces behind the counter each day.  This sense of community is something we’re grateful for, and it is what makes our cafe thrive! (more…)

The Cap-Off Winner Is…

By Jacqui | Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 at 10:48 am

Cappuccino

Last Tuesday we held our annual Cap-Off contest to determine which of our baristas makes the best cappuccino.  The competition is fierce, and the competition style is not unlike the barista championships held in the world of specialty coffee.  The rules are strict.  All of our coffee trained employees are eligible to compete, which means there are roughly 30 competitors, broken down into brackets.  Our judges, our own master roaster Jon along with former roaster Michael and former worldling, Nicos, sip each drink in seclusion, ranking them for their composition and quality.  One by one, the brackets get smaller until we have crowned a new champion.

So who made the best cappuccino & took home the trophy last week?  This year’s competition proved to be quite a show, and when the winner was announced, the crowd went wild.   And the winner is….
Tuc wins!

TUC!

Despite the fact that Tuc has trained each and every one of our coffee makers, he has never won the title of Cap-Off champ!  More pictures (courtesy of Kathy Altimirano) in the gallery below.

Cap-Off Practice Session

By Jacqui | Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 at 9:35 am


In one month, our baristas will gather in the empty Wither spoon Street cafe – but not for our monthly staff meeting.  Instead of discussing upcoming events, brushing up on procedures or celebrating employees’ anniversaries, there will be hooting and hollering, and maybe some gentle trash-talking.  It’s not your typical all-crew meeting, it’s our annual Cap Off!

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What Makes A Worldling?

By Jacqui | Thursday, January 26th, 2012 at 9:15 am

Tuc (front right) has trained generation after generation of our worldlings!
This week on the Small World blog, our lead trainer and SWC veteran of many years, Tuc, shares his insight into the worldling culture.  Generations of worldlings have been raised at the hem of Tuc’s red apron, giving him a unique perspective of what it takes to be a part of our stellar crew.  What makes a worldling?  Tuc explains… (more…)