Too hot, too cold or even worse, you have to meet certain 'standards', as set by the barista.
This article from the Sydney Morning Herald, Pour diddums . . . you'll get your coffee how we like it, struck a chord with us - for all the wrong reasons.
It gives examples of precious behaviour from Sydney cafes including one in Lilyfield, which has "DIY sugar".
The fear and loathing is not confined to Lilyfield. Elsewhere across Sydney, purist baristas have declared war on skim milk, large cups, Equal, extra hot and other accoutrements they say taint the perfect cup. Bar Italia in Leichardt is famous for its ''No soy, no skim'' stand. Customers have been known to storm out of Barefoot Coffee Traders in Manly which won't do decaf or large cups. Kafenio Cafe in Cronulla declares: ''No skim or babycinos … Don't even ask!''