Inside the Barista Class

Fantastic post from Molly Osbert at The Awl (via Longreads):

As any barista will tell you, switching coffee shops isn’t hard. The job really only involves somewhere between six and eight discrete physical motions.

Learning a new job is simply a matter of reorienting your muscle memory to recognize a different set of tools […] Professional development is really about figuring out how to perform these six-to-eight movements at an ever-increasing pace, perhaps with some degree of style.

While the “six-to-eight movements” portion isn’t relevant everywhere, these highlights are great to remember when you’re starting with anything: photography, productivity, WordPress, or even card magic. 🙂

Beautiful nuances in your methods will emerge throughout your progress. Build your speed slowly, and the rest—including speed and flourishes—will follow.

I still have my magic chops!

After tonight’s dinner, my Automattician friends persuaded me to perform some card magic. I love card magic because sharing moments of awe and wonder means I can mask my nervousness for a few moments.

My last practice — and “performance” — was eight months ago at the company meetup for a few random people. Aside from one error, it went really well, and I’m stoked I could still make it happen. 🙂