Tongues were wagging at 7th and Montana this morning as details emerged regarding the recent, three-hour "Espresso Training" course at Our Favorite Starbucks. Apparently, as part of a corporate-wide training initiative, 7,100 Starbucks locations were closed on Tuesday from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. in order for Starbucks management to instruct 135,000 workers on the Fine Art of Espresso Making. Baristas were encouraged to "make sure it takes between 15-19 seconds for each Espresso shot to pour from the machine so it comes out dripping like honey from a spoon." Following the training, every Barista signed a "Promise" that now hangs prominently on display behind the Espresso Machine: "Your Drink Should be Perfect, Every Time. If Not, Let Us Know and We'll Make it Right." Rumor has it that the training cost Starbucks an estimated $50 million. That's a lot of Promises, dripping off a lot of tongues across the country like so much honey from a spoon ...!