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  • n. A person who serves behind the counter in a coffee shop.

Etymologies

Loanword from Italian barista ("bartender"), cognate to bar + -ist ("person"), literally “bar person”; compare barman. (Wiktionary)

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  • the person who serves coffee at the cafe or at the bar

    October 16, 2009

  • Although, the terms come together at coffee bars.

    October 13, 2008

  • Not in America, where baristas server coffee, and bartenders serve booze. From Wikipedia:

    In English jargon, the term "barista" refers to one who has acquired some level of expertise in the preparation of espresso-based coffee drinks. Within certain circles, its meaning is expanding to include what might be called a "coffee sommelier;" a professional who is highly skilled in coffee preparation, with a comprehensive understanding of coffee, coffee blends, espresso, quality, coffee varieties, roast degree, espresso equipment, maintenance, latte art, etc. Stephen Morrissey of Ireland is the current World Barista Champion.

    The word barista (plural: baristi masculine or mixed sex or bariste feminine) is of Italian origin. In Italy, a barista is a "bartender," who typically works behind a counter, serving both hot (such as espresso) and cold alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

    October 12, 2008

  • Macche!

    June 24, 2008

  • barista = bartender.

    June 24, 2008