Frumpy Coconut Granola Bars
Let’s travel back in time to my first day as a barista at Starbucks. I was wide-eyed and eager to impress the other baristas with my fast-paced learning style. I was able to grind and brew coffee. I learned that there are specific tea times for green tea that differ from black tea. I greeted customers, did a lobby slide, and took out the trash.
Another few baristas were still performing their training, but I was the newest kid on the block. As I attempted to hand off someone’s bold roast, I heard a crash in the lobby. It startled me and everyone else in the store. One of the other newbies had dropped several ceramic dishes all over the floor. She was apologetic and upset despite the fact that this could have happened to any employee. And so began the history of the frump board. Just in case you are all curious, Starbucks has since replaced their ceramic dishes with plastic. Good call, Howard Schultz.
As the years went on, frumpy (disastrous) issues have ensued including whip cream explosions all over the walls and floors, mop buckets flipping over and spilling their contents all over a cleanish floor, and pitcher rinsing machines causing water to geyser up to the ceiling and hit baristas in the face. Screaming usually follows then a fit of gut-busting laughter. There was also that time that I was drinking coffee too close to the store laptop…I tried to fix it, I swear. No such luck. One of the shift managers once harpooned a broom into a wall. We’ve had our fair share of insanity.
The white board in the back room of Starbucks was entitled Frumpsylvania. There was a scoreboard and a map of who had the most frumpy experiences. I made the list a few times to say the least. It’s not that we were trying to outdo each others frumpiness, but it was entertaining to see who created the most disaster unintentionally.
In honor of being a frump, I present to you: Frumpy Coconut Granola Bars. These do make some crumbs and may get you into a little bit of trouble with the neat freaks in your lives; however, the flavor is worth the mess. I suggest eating them with a napkin or plate!