Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Emily the Barista

I met Emily in Peet's Coffee on High Street as she was grinding some coffee for me. She has worked at Peets for seven months but is leaving soon to work in a dentist's office, for which she jokes she has no experience. Don't worry, she won't be working with patients because her background is in Education. She would love to get a teaching job but none are available right now.

Emily previously worked at a Starbucks in another section of the city (I won't say where so certain college students won't be offended if they read this), and was unsure at first about coming to Peets. But she says she likes the customers at Peets much better than at Starbucks. I like them too, especially since I am one of them:)

Emily is a baseball fan of her hometown minor league team the Rochester Red Wings; who by the way play in the same league as my favorite minor league team, the Pawtucket Red Sox. She also told me both of her parents are professional photographers. Her father is a Leica afficiando so she was especially interested in my DLux-4.

Note to Emily: if you want to see the other photo with the, as you termed it, "the Leica expression" on your face drop me a line. And thank you for letting me take your picture. Good luck in your career.

For more information on the 100 Strangers Project visit the 100Strangers.com Project on Flickr.

19 comments:

Tash said...

Up close & personal - excellent people profile, CiB. I love reading about the people in the photo and your way of having us meet your 100 strangers.

Jilly said...

Amazing there are no teaching jobs available. Some countries are crying out for teachers. Love your portrait and do hope Emily finds the right job soon.

joo said...

It's another great portrait.Emily seems to be a very nice person and hope she'll find job she will like. Funny thing - she remains me one of my friends a lot:)

Vogon Poet said...

Nice 'stranger', funny coffee story.

Malyss said...

Your encounters become more and more interesting, because you give a portrait not only with picture but also with words; And You seem to meet the people more and more easily; I followed the link about the 100 strangers, it's really something fascinating. Now I'm impatient to see the nexts..

Buenos Aires Photoblog said...

It's great you featured her! She seems very nice. Emily, if you read this, I hope you find a job in teaching. Good luck!

Buenos Aires Photo

brattcat said...

Really great portrait in image and word, Clueless. Well done, you.

Lois said...

What a lovely portrait! Teachers are being laid off here. It's a shame.

Chuck Pefley said...

I'm with Emily on this issue. Far less pretentiousness found at Peets ... not to mention the pervasive aroma found in their stores. Years ago, when Starbucks was a small business, you could find a similar atmosphere in their store at Pike Place Market. Not so today, though, as it has become every bit the iconic Mecca as the Eiffel Tower or the pyramids. Long lines snake out the door, spilling onto the sidewalk, on busy summer days; a must do and see for bus loads of tourists. Needless to say I never enter their original store for fear of being trampled.

2sweetnsaxy said...

Nice post. I really like the idea behind this post. Pretty cool. I don't know that I could come out of my shell to do it. :-)

Saretta said...

Fascinating, you did an in-depth interview with her!

Cezar and Léia said...

Does Peets serve Brazilian coffee too?
Cezar & Léia

Marie Reed said...

Nice to meet you Emily! Thanks for saying 'Cheese' .. I mean 'Coffee' to Clueless' nifty camera! You have a gorgeous smile!

cieldequimper said...

Again a great portrait and a very thoughtful bio. A shame she can't find a job in her field.

Jacob said...

Nice portrait. I will her well.

Steffe said...

Another good portrait and with a matching story. I'm happy to say that we don't yet have Starbucks in Sweden!

Hawaii Daily Photo said...

Interesting post about Emily.

Marie-Noyale said...

Bravo for joining the 100 Strangers.
And good luck to Emily in her future new job.

emmabella1 said...

Hey! That's me! Thanks for the kind words and 15 minutes of web-fame. It was lovely talking to you and ogling your Leica. (I'm already fantasizing about buying myself a DLux with my next paycheck, now that they're slightly bigger...)
I'd love to see the other photo of my "Leica expression." I really enjoy your photos in general (not just the ones of me).

--Emily the Dentist's Office Assistant