Alex Bernson at has an interesting article up based on a pretty significant research project he’s been doing. Using survey data collected from 475 coffee professionals, he’s produced a three part series exploring the health impacts faced by the people who prepare your daily coffee. Workplace health and safety is always a discussion worth having, though it’s often overlooked or taken for granted.

Working at a specialty cafe might seem like a dream job, drinking great coffee all day and chatting up neighborhood regulars, but it turns out that repetitive stress injuries are common, too much caffeine can disrupt mood and sleeping patterns, and a diet that is heavy in pastries can lead to unwelcome digestive issues. It’s not all bad, of course, but Alex’s report highlights issues that deserve to be discussed by baristas, managers, and equipment manufacturers. Check out part one, and keep it in mind next time you leave a tip.