ASHLEY McCOMISH works as a barista and manager at 158 Pickett Street Cafe in South Portland, near the Southern Maine Community College campus. She has worked there for seven years, making espresso-based drinks like cappuccinos and lattes. McComish said meeting new people is her favorite part of the job, and there are lots of regular customers whom she knows by name – and coffee order. Getting up early enough to make it to the cafe by 6:30 a.m. is hard, McComish said, but at least she lives right down the street.

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