Created by a current Starbucks partner and inspired by blogs such as “humansofny” and “whyilovenewyorkcity,” “baristasofstarbucks” is a new blog, aimed at featuring current and former Starbucks partners and sharing their stories with the world.

From controversial ad campaigns to classic drink recipes such as the pumpkin spice latte, Starbucks has become a global pop culture symbol.

Every day, Starbucks sells about 4 million coffee drinks. These are the stories of the baristas that serve these beverages to you.

The next time you see your barista, treat them with respect and give them a smile. Ask how they’re doing, even though you’re on the other end of the spectrum.

Remember: we’re all going through something. Let’s go through it together.