Monday, July 26, 2010

How Much Do You Tip Your Barista?!


GrubStreet snagged an advance copy of Keep the Change: A Clueless Tipper’s Quest to Become the Guru of the Gratuity, Steve Dublanica’s follow-up to the outrageous Waiter Rant.

Here's what they found out about what we should be tipping our baristas:

"At Starbucks, tip jars aren't allowed and there's no space for a tip on credit-card checks, though customers often leave their change as a gratuity. A barista there tells Dublanica he makes about $50 per week in gratuities, and considers a 50-cent tip 'really generous.'

"Compare that to the baristas who are paid $10.50 to $16 per hour at Portland's Ristretto—one of them tells Dublanica he should be tipped $1 per drink just like a bartender. He makes about $32 in tips during a four-and-a-half-hour shift, and tips end up being about 40 percent of his income."

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