ba·ris·ta | \bə-ˈrē-stə, bä-ˈrē-stä\

Definition of barista 

: a person who makes and serves coffee (such as espresso) to the public

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Rossoni referred to are the April 12 arrests of two black men who were sitting in a Center City location of the coffee chain and a June incident in which a man with a stutter was reportedly mocked by a barista. Katherine Nails,, "Consumers, coffee shops see changes after Starbucks incidents - but will they last?," 10 July 2018 At the Blue Butterfly coffee shop on Main Street, two baristas had quick answers when asked how to say El Segundo. Steve Lopez,, "Spanish names, cultural shifts and a lot of L.A. linguist confusion. El Se-gun-dough or El Say-goon-dough?," 28 Apr. 2018 The coffee chain’s chairman, Howard Schultz, made the decision after a barista in Philadelphia had two black men arrested for not buying anything and quietly sitting at a table while waiting for an acquaintance. The Sacramento Bee Editorial Board, sacbee, "Starbucks gets it. Roseanne doesn't. Racism won't fly in the new corporate America," 29 May 2018 When a Starbucks barista had trouble finding daycare before the start of her shift, an unlikely pair came to her rescue. Caitlin Keating,, "Starbucks Manager and State Trooper Are Unlikely Babysitting Duo for Barista Without Child Care," 18 Jan. 2018 At San Francisco’s Café X, robot baristas serve lattes. Larissa Zimberoff, WSJ, "A Burger Joint Where Robots Make Your Food," 21 June 2018 Like, what to say when that cute barista from your local coffee shop starts flirting with you during a run-in at Target. Grace Gavilanes,, "Every Single Response You Can Possibly Need in Life, as Demonstrated by Kanye West's Tweets," 19 Apr. 2018 In the 1990s, before the plethora of gourmet coffee shops filled the streets of downtown Phoenix, Serafine and Daniel Wayne were baristas at Coffee Plantation at Biltmore Fashion Park. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "Coffee shops are taking over downtown Phoenix, and they're not all Starbucks," 7 Apr. 2018 The company experimented with a robot barista nearly two years ago at an innovation lab in Massachusetts. Eric Morath, WSJ, "Short of Workers, Fast-Food Restaurants Turn to Robots," 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of barista

1982, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for barista

Italian, person working behind a bar, from bar bar (from English) + - ista -ist entry 1

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: someone who makes and serves coffee and coffee drinks (such as cappuccino) to customers

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