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a person who is specially trained in the making and serving of coffee drinks, as in a coffee bar.
Contemporary Examples

Has your friend, colleague, acquaintance, or barista “invited you to connect”?
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A Starbucks barista was fired after a song he wrote ranting about the chain went viral.
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Your HR person is as likely to be as pierced as your barista.
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In his book, he tells his riches to rags story that led to him becoming a barista at the ubiquitous coffee chain.
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So does the barista at Starbucks, and the checkout clerk at Whole Foods.
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“We were recently in a coffee shop and the barista said they recognized us,” he says.
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The news came from a Starbucks barista in Miami Beach as she ran up to the counter and screamed, “Michael Jackson is dead!”
A Death Foretold Gerald Posner June 24, 2009

At Glassdoor.com, the employee-review site, workers noted that “barista” jobs at Cosi pay between $8 and $10 an hour.
If Cosi Wants to Make a Profit, It Needs to Increase Wages Daniel Gross August 21, 2013

From mochaccino to Mary Jane, from jitter juice to joint, from java to ganja, say bye-bye barista, hello pot-ista.
Criminalize Coffee, Not Cannabis Robert Rosenthal December 15, 2010

a person who makes and serves coffee in a coffee bar

a person who works at the counter of a coffee shop; a coffee bar server

He plans to become a barista at Starbucks.
Word Origin

1982; Ital
Usage Note

pl. baristi

“bartender in a coffee shop,” as a purely English word in use by 1992, from Italian, where it is said to derive ultimately from the English bar (n.2), as borrowed into Italian. The word is of generic gender and may be applied with equal accuracy to women and men (it is said that the typical barista in Italy is a man).


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