Created by a current Starbucks partner, “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 baristas serve around 4 million beverages. These are their stories, some being shared for the first time.

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.