ALWAYS is obviously a barrista.
How about $0.50? What's wrong with that for drip coffee?
@2 I tip weekly like kelbers because I don't carry change and any quarters I do have are for my laundry. Plus if you assume a number of other people do the same, then it should even out among the baristas over the long term.
Go to Starbucks where a surcharge is not expected from the smug shits who do what a monkey could.

Fuck tipping for coffee. They are performing a job, not waiting on a table.
The jerkishness isn't the amount, it's the once-a-week. Even if it's the same barista/owner every day, you tip each time, even if it's just some stray change.

But I'm a buck-a-drink, regardless. $1.20 drip, a buck. .75 refill to go, a buck.

It's karma. Some jerks aren't tipping at all, and I'm compensating for them.
There's nothing wrong with tipping a buck a throw, but there's nothing wrong with tipping intermittently, or less, either. I "overtip" constantly, but not from generosity so much as from aspects of my usual loserdom (look how much I tip, please like me, I pity you having to act nice to a schmoe like me, superstition, coins are for losers, leave the boogers out of my drink please).
I don't like to tip until I know that when I ask for room they give me enough room to add at least a tablespoon of cream without it spilling over. (Seriously, why do baristas think a milimeter from the rim is enough for "room"?
Agree with 4. You don't tip the cashier who rings up your order at Best Buy or Costco, and they're putting in more "human effort" than someone filling a cup.
I hasten to add my most common motivation: hoping that somehow my gratuity will lead to a sexual encounter.
Fast food workers do way more work than filling a cup of coffee and they never get any tips at all.
It depends on what I'm getting. If I'm getting a complicated drink, I tip at least a buck (which usually comes out to more than a 20% tip)... if I'm getting something simple, I tip the change off of the bills I gave.

If my change is only a few pennies, I'll usually grab another buck out of the wallet.
yeah #9 has the right answer. if they're hot they get a nice tip, if they're ugly they get jack and shit.
I habitually over tip for coffee, but then again I'm often planning to be on their wifi for the next two hours.
I used to be a barista (though I really hate that word. coffee bitch seems more appropriate.) and anytime someone tipped for drip coffee, I was more than pleased. Though my coffee shop lived on broke ass college students so tips were few and far between. But it doesn't matter where you are or how much money you have, if your order is more than 5 words long for any one drink though then you should seriously consider tipping a dollar or more.

If your coffee shop is all sorts of awesome (I'm lookin' at you, patrons of Cloud City) then you should not only tip regularly but also do something awesome in return. Donate books or offer to bus a couple tables when its busy. You'll be their hero.
As a former barista I expected absolutely nothing in the way of a tip from a drip coffee although the change from whatever they get is what you can realistically expect. It literally is the least amount of work you can do at that job. On the contrary, I was usually grateful b/c it gave me a break from making all the froofroo drinks that took forever.
They get my change. $1.56 for coffee? You get a $0.44 tip. The only exception is if the total would result in a tiny tip, say under $0.10, which to me is like an insult to put into the cup.
ohhhh the human effort! HUMAN EFFORT!
Tipping a bartender is an investment in the future. Well at least the immediate future, because the next time I ask for a drink he'll probably add a little bit extra ... I tip some more ... even more extra ... etc. Same goes for any establishment where you want to become a regular AND start getting special treatment.

But a 50% tip just for making a coffee? Hell, no.* I'm sorry for being the bearer of bad news, but a barista, regardless of the fancy name, is about the same level as any other person working a fast food joint, and I don't see calls for tipping a dollar at Mickey D's.

(Well maybe if you're cute, but again that would fall under Investment In The Future.)
$1 per drink doesn't make any sense in the drip context: (a) typically you pour your own drip; the only thing the barista is doing is hanging you a cup; (b) the cost of a cup of drip is between (generally) $1.25 and $2.50.
50 cents is generous for a drip coffee* IMHFBO**

*but seriously why the fuck aren't you having cafe crema or americano?

**in my humble former barista opinion

No table service, no tip....or maybe 15% if you have nice tits and know you have a dumb ass job.
Always a dollar if the order is more than pouring drip. As another poster mentioned tipping the $1 to the bartender for a plain drink is pre-paying for a more generous pour on the 2nd drink.

Most people I see at coffee shops don't tip at all. Then they camp out with their laptops taking 4 seats for 3+ hours. And you're haranguing drip coffee people for 50 cent tips?
Tipping $1 for drip is like being a vegetarian. Yes, in some morally rigorous way you might be, indeed, right, but you should never expect, let alone insist, that anyone else do the same thing.

Do your good, make the world better, and shut up about it.
gus, gus, gus. You are making me spit out my (home brewed) coffee, imagining you over-tipping the nice jawline barista (baristo?), and being rewarded for your efforts in the back room on a 30 kilo bag of shade-grown Columbian...
it's not so different from a bar, where even though they might just be pouring you one liquor, neat, from one bottle, you must still recognize and appreciate the human effort

Yeah, this is total fucking bullshit. Name me one bar that serves a drink for $1.50 to $2. Just ONE. The $1 per drink rule at a bar is about 20 years out of date. On many drinks, that's a 10 percent tip. How generous.
I want compensation for the human effort that went into posting this comment.
This is why I brew my own coffee.
In england we have such a different tipping system, it really took me a while to adjust when I visited America. In England the idea of a tip is to represent either good service or additional effort, it is generally not standard (apart from in restaurants). Waitresses and bar staff do not rely on tips and have a reasonable salary. If I got a filter coffee I would not leave a tip, if it was a more fancy one I would. Similarly, it amazed me that I was expected to give bar staff in a club in America a tip for reaching into a fridge a giving me an already very expensive beer. A cocktail I would tip, it takes effort.
I mean, what is the point of a tip in america? why not just make things cost more and pay your staff better?
My opinion, as one who was recently employed as a barista, is that tipping the change is nice for a drip. No, you don't have to tip, but I won't be as nice to you and I'll never give you free coffee.And if you order a fucking grande 2% extra dry cappucino, or any cappucino for that matter, you'd better fucking tip at least a $1.
As someone who usually tips %25 or above dining out, who religiously tips a buck (sometimes two) a drink at bars, and who usually tips a buck on espresso drinks, I'm gonna say: tipping for a drip coffee? Eh. Not so much.
Adam, America baristas are usually collge grads who refuse to get real jobs but think they should be paid a lawyers salary eventhough they think sitting for LSATs is selling out to the man. Give them a fixie, waxed mustache, some capris and they are america's new black man, oppressed by cheap tippers and SUVs.
Yeah, @31, that's exactly right. By no means are they recent college graduates trying to make ends meet while searching for jobs in one of the worst economic periods this country's had.
@31 I like the cut of your jib.
I love tipping threads.

@10 FTW! The dishwasher at your favorite local restaurant busts more ass than the girl that writes down what you want to eat and then walks the food over. If he's lucky he'll get a slice of her tips. Also servers in Washington make at least WA state minimum wage so there's none of that $2 base + dependent on tips to make $5.15 garbage that goes down in the South.

Tipping a dollar a drink is also kind of bullshit. Opening a bottled beer vs. making a fancy cocktail with multiple ingredients? Both worthy of exactly one dollar, really?

I wish we'd adopt a modern tipping policy e.g. Europe, Japan, etc.
I might be wrong about this, but aren't (most?) baristas paid salaries (albeit low), while bartenders make ALL of their wages from tips?
"you order a fucking grande 2% extra dry cappucino, or any cappucino for that matter, you'd better fucking tip at least a $1."

So when I bought my minivan last year and asked for heated seats and a Nav system, I should have tipped some guy at their plant in Nagoya?

Go fuck yourself and get a real job.....that's MY tip.
@28 FTW - In Germany its the same way. A Bartender would be happy if you tipped him or her the .30 cents on your 2.70 Beer.
@35 No.

Seattle has mandatory min wage even for service employees and it is the highest in the country.

You don't tip in Manhattan, you are an asshole.

You don't tip in Seattle you really aren't doing anything wrong but the help will pitch a bigger bitch about it than any New Yorker ever would.

"recent college graduates trying to make ends meet while searching for jobs in one of the worst economic periods this country's had."

So what was their excuse in 2007?
@28 - i agree. i've always felt that the way americans give/expect tips is stupid. i made my living off waiting tables for 5 years, and deeply resented the fact that i was utterly dependent on the whims of my customers for my daily bread. while you can sometimes impress some people for bigger tips, the vast majority of the time, you can literally sing and dance for people and you won't get better than 12-15%. and why should they feel they have to? my company should pay me a decent living wage, and my customers should tip me if they feel like a did a good job. frustrating, both for the customers and the servers. we should have unionized - my wage was $2.22/hour, and that didn't even come close to covering taxes. and this was only three or four years ago.
@28 "I mean, what is the point of a tip in america? why not just make things cost more and pay your staff better?"

Why not just put a tip cup on the counter with a sign saying "For staff health insurance"?

Every time I go to the US there are more people to tip. Instead of raising taxes the government makes workers individually beg for money from the public they serve. What a weird, inefficient system.
To every barista who feels entitled to tips for making anything that requires though or "effort":
I worked through my undergrad in fast food. I promise you my shifts were more taxing and harder work than yours, and yet if one customer on an eight hour shift left mea quarter, that was a win.

So to all the barista, unless you tip your fast food workers when you get your burgers stop reptending that you somehow deserve tips - hint: they're meant to be a thank you for particularly good service, not a standard.
@ 4) Starbucks uses automated push button espresso machines. A monkey truely could do that job and I agree that doesn't deserve a tip.

However, a good barista using a good espresso machine has a lot more input on how your beverage turns out. I'll tip for a quality espresso drink.

Drip coffee, shouldn't require a tip.
+1 for tipping the change from my drip. Mine's $1.60/day, so the change is $.40*5 = $2/wk.

To my mind, a drip coffee is like grabbing a beer out of the cooler at a convenience store. If I'm spending the time and effort to squint at the board and try to decipher what fancier drink I want (and that I can afford ...), I might as well put in the extra effort and figure out a real tip, just like ordering a complicated and strangely-colored cocktail. (To carry the metaphor further, a latte/mocha/other single-word non-drip coffee drink is like an easily-ordered mixed drink, gin & tonic maybe, and gets a buck per.)

Damn it, now I want a drink.
Being a poor college student, I usually tip what extra change I have. I just don't have enough to tip a dollar for a drink...

But then, I always get drip coffee, too.
My general rule is that if the place is set up so you stand in line at a counter to get your food or drink, tipping is optional and based entirely on service quality/order complexity. Bars are an exception to this.
JHCoaPS! $1 tip for drip coffee? That's ridiculous. $0.25-$0.50 is PLENTY.

$1 a week is even OK. Maybe a touch low but totally fine.

Jesus - all they're doing is turning around and pouring coffee into a cup. Waiters and bartenders do way more work than that.
Tipping a buck for a drip coffee is completely nuts, but I wouldn't typically tip a buck even for a fancier drink, even though I try to tip well in general. Maybe it's a New York vs. Seattle thing. Like, you actually get good coffee in Seattle, so it seems like something worth tipping generously for.

Eating out in Japan is a vastly superior experience to eating out in the US. No tipping, great service, and if you need something, the server doesn't get offended if you wave your hand and holler to get his/her attention.
I usually tip $1 for a drip plus the change from what I get back (I think it's only ends up being about $1.10 tip).

I really like the barista's at the coffee shop in my neighborhood. They are always genuinely friendly, attentive, and I like to show my appreciation for good service. I go there every couple days and look forward to every cup because of their sunny disposition. It's contagious and worth my dollar.
Yeah, Anon is so right, bartending and barista-ing aren't "real jobs." Ass.
Odd that no ones mentioned the real reason that the tip was created. In other states that don't have a universal minimum wage, the tip is compensating for the incredibly low wage those employees make.
We wonderful and intelligent Washingtonians have placed a universal minimum wage that is rather high compared to the rest of the country and also have unique tipping laws for it.

I've always preferred the European version of tipping and have pissed off countless bartenders who feel entitled to my entire wallet.
A tip is a reward for great service and product. If that server put a smile on your face and kept your glass full, tip away. But I refuse to use the tip as a bribe.
I have a hard time tipping for a drip coffee, but then again, what is the difference between pouring me a drip coffee and pouring me a draft? Both are paid low basic wages. I don't tip the cashier at QFC either, but they have a union and I believe better wages and benefits. It's a tough call, years ago, before the coffee shop explosion, there were diners where you would sit and have your coffee and we DID tip there......
@51, "rather high"? Two bucks above minimum wage is high? Sure, WA doesn't have the right to garnish a bartender/server's wages, but they do have to claim at least a minimum percentage of the tips in taxes, regardless if they actually made that percentage in tips in the first place thanks to folks like you who prefer the "Europian version". As a former bartender/server, there were nights I walked away with maybe 10% in tips, despite all the kind folks that tipped a buck a drink.

You don't have to tip as a bribe, but tipping 15% is standard. 20% and above is for the extra mile. Common knowledge and practice in the USofA.
If they are acting as a proper barista and pulling the shots manually, I tip. If they are pushing buttons and letting the machine sort it all out, I don't.
Reading the poll results, I was glad to see that most people don't tip a dollar per cup of coffee, because that make ME look good when I do.
Canuck @24, how does gus@9 manage to make it sound charming, whereas 12 & 21 make me want to shoot them in the head?

I worked minimum wage for three years in customer service and never got a tip.........What makes you so special?
Well, as a barista, I usually never expect people to tip for drip coffee-mainly because where I work, its self serve, so customers can plop their buck and change in the jar and be on their way (unless they use their credit card). If I'm adding steamed milk/an extra shot to the drip, I'd definitely expect a tip (even if its just the change), because I am doing something more than merely pouring hot liquid into a cup. But yeah, for anything that requires steamed milk, or any other specialty drink, I expect a tip.
The reason tips exist is because the company isn't willing to charge you enough for their product to properly pay their baristas.

By tipping $1 a week, you're essentially telling another human being that they don't deserve a sustainable wage.

So yeah, you're a fucking jerk. But at least you can be happy knowing you're a jerk that isn't the original source of the problem. Just a jerk.
"you're essentially telling another human being that they don't deserve a sustainable wage."

Theyre fucking baristas. Get a room mate and eat ramen. after you get that college degree and/or grow up and take your GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, you can get a real job that pays well. choose not to study hard in school and learn skills and focus on a career? Well, teach your kids not to be as stupid.
I go to the same coffee shop several times a week. I generally get iced tea (what? I'm in the south), but occassionally get a chai latte or a hot chocolate. I tip whenever I get the latte or hot chocolate, because they involve a little bit of actual work for the barista. The iced tea is just opening the refrigerator and pouring the tea.

I don't generally carry cash (because I lose just about every piece of paper I touch, including money), but when I have it, I leave a larger tip (I've been known to leave $5 for a $2.80 iced tea). It's pretty much the same three or four baristas working every time I go in some combination or another, so I think I hit them all pretty evenly.
EricaP, that is simply the mystery of gus. Don't try to understand it, just lie back and let it wash over you. He is the man.
Minimum wage in Washington is PLENTY enough to live on.
I tip $1 per drink to bartenders, but all I ever drink is "& tonic" - either vodka & tonic or gin & tonic. If I were ordering some fancy-pants frou-frou drink that required Carmen Miranda embellishments and 14 ingredients, I'd tip 20%.

I *hate* standing behind people who are ordering half-caf double-caf skinny sugar-free flavored cappuccino with whip and sprinkles, or people ordering some obscure, arcane cocktail that requires the blood of a virgin drawn from her inner thigh at the full moon. My drinks generally take two minutes to make - there ought to be an express line at coffee shops and bars for people whose orders take less than five words, including the "please."
This issue and discussion represent my ambivalence about Seattle:

POSITIVE - We all care about each other as human beings. We want people to make a living wage. We want to be seen as generous and conscientious.

NEGATIVE - We put weird pressure on each other to conform to social "norms" that are often a bit over the top. We make everything an issue. We judge each other for hip enough or generous enough.

Bottom line for me: I agree that we shouldn't have to deal with this issue--all servers should be paid a living wage. In the meantime, TIP WHAT YOU CAN. It's good karma. Don't tip much if someone is an outright asshole to you; tip generously on a complicated order; tip the rest of your change on a drip. Don't feel pressured by the judgment of Seattleites!!!
As a current barista, I don't care if people decide not to tip for drip coffee. If people just decide to leave the 20 cents in change, that seems more than fair.

I don't like customers feeling like they have to tip me, but I also do like tips. I wouldn't of taken a job as a barista if it wasn't for the tips. But it is frustrating when people order harder to make drinks and completely stiff you. In my experience, the people who get the simpler drinks, the drip coffees and the americanos, they are more reliable tippers. The lattes/mochas/cappuccinos/blended drinks are often received without a tip given in return.

I know there are a lot of people who like to point to WA minimum wage laws and to minimum wage workers who don't get tips and then try and shame those of who have jobs that get tips. That's fine, whatever, I'm not going to spit in your drink if you don't tip me. I'm probably still going to be nice to you and try and chit chat and joke with you. The bottom line for me is this, I would not do my job for minimum wage alone. Maybe you had a summer job at a fast food place and it was really hard and you never got a tip, and yeah that probably sucked. But I didn't take that fast food job because that sounds terrible, and it isn't the fault of every barista and bartender that there are shitty employers out there that many unfortunate people work for.

I think I would do my job for $12 or $13 an hour and no tips. But if I was making minimum wage and the tip jar was taken out of the picture, well I'd move on.
Shit. I'm so out of it. I never processed that I was expected to tip a barista...
My rule: never less than 50c. for counter service, never less than $5 for table service.

Service jobs suck. My tips are basically begging karma to never make me have a service job again.
When they make a smiley face or tree or heart in my drip coffee, I'll tip them for it.

Otherwise, why aren't the owners paying their staff enough?
You know what recognizes and appreciates human effort? Their wages. If they get paid too little to survive without tips, they should unionize and demand better wages, or get a better job.

There are plenty of other countries where tipping is weird and not recommended. It upsets the balance of product value, and acceptable wages for the employee, and is an arbitrary and inconsistent award for behavior. Because I live in America with our weird guilt-tripping perspective on this, I tip when I can and when I feel the service warrants it, but if all someone did was pull a pastry out of the case and dump some liquid in a cup, I think their wage should cover that amount of effort.
@27 just buy one of those Ten Trips Coffee Cards - I notice people never leave tips when they get stuff with those, so they won't think you're doing it on purpose.

(actually, I do tip, but I'm making a point here)
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Start a thread about EVERY time.
I tip 50 cents a day on my $1.50 coffee. It takes them about a minute to make it. I think that's perfectly fair.
sorry baristas, but you fall into the same category as fast-food cashier to me, or the guy who assembles my burrito at taco del mar. i'm assuming you get paid to do your job, and the $1.50 for 25 cents worth of coffee is including your labor costs in there
I've spent more than my fair share of my life waiting tables. Shitty shitty job. So I'm generally a very generous tipper. Still, I'm sick to death of tip jars being next to every damned cash register. I'm not going to tip you for ringing me up for something. I'm not going to tip you for reaching behind you to push the arm on the coffee jug twice either. That's fucking ridiculous. Now, if I were to order a skim-mocha-frappa-espresso-double-cocoa-latte with extra foam or some crazy shit like that I'll throw a little extra down because I made you work for that shit but I don't, I just want a simple coffee. I'm not doubling the price of my cup of joe that you pushed an arm down to dispense.
@57, nothing makes me so special. But seeing as how I put myself through college, there would have been no other way for me to pay my rent on just minimum at 20hrs a week and still go to school full time.
But that said, it's gone overboard where service with a sneer comes with an expectation of at least 15% tip.
I love when people try to excuse bad restaurant behavior or poor tipping with "I used to work in the restaurant industry" or some similar tripe. "I'm usually a good tipper, but..."

No you didn't, and not you aren't.

As a former barista, $.50 per cup of drip and $1+ for anything that takes more effort than pouring. Tipping once a week is BS unless your $5 bill comes with a note that explains what it's for. $1 for a week of coffee? Rude.

This is assuming the service is acceptable, sans spit in my drink.
I sometimes tip if I've been coming in and sitting a lot or if it's close to the holidays, depending on my cash flow. I think it makes a difference whether you get it to go or if you take up a table and use their electricity for your laptop- especially if it's not a major chain store. If it's mom and pop store then I feel more obligated to tip.
Never, ever tip a barista. Get your balls back.
It's readily apparent even if you haven't held the job yourself but have spent any length of time sitting around a coffee establishment, that the counter service person is also tending to the dish washing and busing, maintaining the condiments station, clearing and wiping tables, stocking and cleaning the restrooms, mopping floors, managing the lighting and aural ambiance, solving the occasional customer disruption and so on, all of which directly determine the quality of your experience about as much as the drink itself. Clearly, there is more involved than the work of making your drink.This is also what the tip is for.

"But it is frustrating when people order harder to make drinks and completely stiff you"

Wow, must be a tough job, I mean you'd need what, an IQ of at least 70 and a high school diploma to do all that? I can't believe people treat you like a retard with nothing more than a high school degree. The outrage.

No make that a double espresso bitch!
What means this "tip"?
what if you're broke, or unemployed, struggling? $1 a drip coffee? I'm fucking sure. For all the effort it takes to serve someone a drip coffee?
I don't think it's really the same as tipping for alcoholic beverages at a bar. Most bartenders are paid very little (less than minimum wage), assuming they'll make it up in tips. Baristas/Coffee Pourers make an hourly wage. Also, I agree with the people saying you don't tip the people who ring up your order at Best Buy or Costco, etc. and they have just as much human element as a Barista. To me, it seems sort of like, there is a different genre of people who are baristas compared to check out clerks. The type of people who are baristas tend to seem like the think they are more entitled to a tip. Maybe, I don't know. I tip the bag boy at the grocery store.
I've never seen a thread so steeped in Privilege-Denying Dude.

"Theyre fucking baristas. Get a room mate and eat ramen. after you get that college degree and/or grow up and take your GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, you can get a real job that pays well. choose not to study hard in school and learn skills and focus on a career? Well, teach your kids not to be as stupid."

Yeah. I'm sure they're really living the high life in palatial villas on barista wages. They ALREADY have roommates and eat ramen. Christ, life is hard enough when you're poor without people bitching about how you should magically stop being poor.
I have been a waiter, a barista and a bartender. I am always poor, Always. Never in any job(s) have I gave any shit about tips. It just isn't under my control and the job is shitty with or without them.

Employers don't pay these positions enough because they make tips, and that is bullshit, Why do the customers have to tip to make the company/job feasible?

ALSO THE BIG THING THAT NOBODY TALKS ABOUT - You don't know me, I don't know you, don't presume to know anything about the money I can give out. I may be unable to tip you and if you think one should not have _____ if they can't tip for it then you need to ask for that money up front.
Yeah, the tipping thing is weird... Over here a lot of restaurants have a service charge included (as a 'suggestion, you're not required to pay it except in specific circumstances), but it's also illegal for the owner to use that service charge to make up wages.

For me, the idea of tipping a barista or bartender (except if they provide *exceptional* service) honestly wouldn't occur to me. But I guess our minimum wage is better. (Or I presume it is, anyway. It's between 10 and 11 dollars)
I tip sporadically, if at all, for drip. Sorry. I've done my share of minimum-wage-plus-a-little, no-tip food service jobs, and I can't bring myself to tip somebody for taking my money and pulling my coffee out of an airpot.
Yet another former barista here (a Starbucks one, gasp): Funnily enough, most of our tips came from drip drinkers, as they were generally the older, very nice men who came in every morning, bought their drip coffee and occasional muffin or some form of traveler for a meeting. Plus, those were generally the ones that could see the hell that a 8-12 minute coffee circuit (ask your Starbucks) hath wrought. Most of the morning staff were girls in their 20s, so I guess it just worked out. Also, at least at Starbucks that distribute tips, the tips are counted up each day and then added together and distributed according to number of hours worked. Holidays are separate. Also, @7, the whole room thing is pretty subjective, because people want different amounts, and, if you're paying $1.64 for a cup of coffee, we don't want cheat you. Generally people who were specific would hold their thumb and forefinger apart, or point to a line on the cup to indicate an amount.
I always just pay w/ a 5 and leave the change...for a latte or more often drip. BC I have worked service jobs I tend to overtip everyone:waitstaff, manicurists, baristas etc. Don't think there is any hard and fast rule...and you are certainly not a are leaving something.
@77: Yes, I did work in the restaurant industry, and yes, I usually am a good tipper.

But once in a while you get a server who is just rude. I'm not going to penalize a server for the kitchen's mistake. I'm not going to penalize a server if the restaurant is understaffed. But, yes, if you are rude to me, you don't get a tip.
I usually tip between 25 cents and 75 cents for drip, usually depending on how much change I get back. I used to be a barista, but I still think $1 tip on a $1.50 or $2 drip coffee would be ridiculous. I always got annoyed at the people who never tipped at all--if they tip something, that's enough. I do think $1 is appropriate for lattes and mochas and such that take a lot more work and skill.

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