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Barista Problems

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One former Brooklyn barista describes the inner workings of New York's coffee shop scene, and makes the case that this kind of service job is keeping its workers down. She argues that it turns the "oft-fetishized, urban-renewing 'creative' workforce to a downwardly mobile middle class," and that all those hip baristas are just playing the part for the benefit of their rich customers. [The Awl]

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