Best Barista - 2006
Beth Soeder at Starbucks
It's easy to tell a lot about a barista if you know where she's from; each coffeemaster has a distinctive flavor particular to her land of origin. Beth Soeder's winning personality was grown and processed in the metro area, but she has a particularly rich cultivation of flavors, having worked at Starbucks in St. Louis, Las Vegas, Portland, Annapolis and Hawaii. Her nutty flavor and smooth body make her a longtime favorite of patrons old and new, who describe her essence as citrusy and "totally awesome." No stranger to a portafilter, she is prized for her remarkable drink memory, recipe precision, willingness to accommodate even the most ridiculous customer requests and her refreshing acidity of tongue. Oh, and she's a great complement for a Maple Oat Nut Scone.