Bitter Barista Fired Over Blog Bashing Boss, Customers

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A Seattle barista apparently got fired after starting a blog in which he made snarky comments about his boss and some of the customers he didn't like.

All City Coffee employee Matt Watson was ousted as the author of the blog "Bitter Barista" this week by another coffee site, Sprudge (dot) com.

That led his boss to fire him, according to the Seattle Times.

Barista Fired

In the blog, the 30-year-old wrote that his vocabulary is too complex for his boss to understand, and how he doesn't give customers what they order.

A couple of gems from the Bitter Barista:

  • "If you remind me four times that you've ordered decaf, guess what you won't be getting ... "
  • "I would probably remember your usual drink if you were a more memorable person."
  • "I like to use a lot of big words when I tweet, that way if my boss ever finds my twitter account, he won't understand any of it."

Watson said his blog was satire and merely accentuating the "5 percent who I guess make our job more difficult and don't treat us as human beings."

"I had a good personal relationship with 95 percent of customers," he said.

Watson says he actually thought very highly of his boss, Seth Levy.

The New Jersey native has a bachelor's degree in philosophy and moved to Seattle "following a girl." He worked at the coffee shop to make ends meet.

He is pursuing a career as a hip hop artist under the moniker "Spekulation."

Watson started his Bitter Barista blog about two weeks ago, garnering a few thousand hits a day. He made no mention of All City Coffee or his real name.

But the operators of Sprudge put it together after Watson said what he was doing in his Spekulation tweets, and he was unmasked. And then fired.