Its amazing, I talk to people who I don’t know or kind of know but not very well, the conversation comes around to professions. They tell me there a secretary or an admin assistant or something like that (just an example). I find writing and office tasks mind numbingly boring, but to be polite I respond with some interest and ask further questions but not letting on I’ve no interest in there profession at all, they are welcome to it. Then they ask me what’s your job, “I’m a coffee roaster”, and as soon as I utter those words within 10 seconds I know if they like or don’t like coffee. Sometimes it can be in a rude or very forthright way.
I’ve done some other wacky jobs in my time but never had to share peoples opinions on them in such a passionate way.
I particularly love it when they tell me they don’t like the taste of coffee. It’s a bit like saying I don’t like vegetables. I believe there is a coffee and a vegetable for us all out there, its just vegetables are far more accessible and we found them a lot quicker. Coffee for most people has been restricted to instant or maybe some stale old pre ground (no frozen or tinned like vegetables).
EDIT: Where did the vegetable analogy come from? For the record mines Asparagus 🙂