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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The barista at Starbucks knows your order and your name. Redbook Editors, Redbook, "9 Signs You're Not Getting Eough Sleep," 14 May 2015 Pamela Pipes, a hearing barista who is also a sign-language interpreter, moved from Raleigh, North Carolina, to work at the D.C. signing store. Rachel Siegel, The Seattle Times, "Starbucks opens first U.S. sign language store — with murals, tech pads and fingerspelling," 23 Oct. 2018 The Verdict: The robots at Cafe X don’t make coffee—they’re barista-disrupting delivery arms that service the kind of espresso machine found in hotel lobbies. WSJ, "Robot Restaurants: The Good Versus the Gimmicks," 3 Oct. 2018 Etsy seller CuddleBearBaby has come up with a set of playful, pumpkin spice-themed felt toys to get your baby barista-in-training in on the seasonal trend. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "You Can Now Buy Pumpkin Spice Latte Kids' Toys," 29 Aug. 2018 Where the cafe really shines, however, is in its more complex creations from lead barista Sawyer Estes; among them, maple-oat cold brew, pink-grapefruit cold brew soda, and a vanilla bourbon latte. Jennifer Bradley Franklin, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Coffee Shops in Atlanta," 22 Aug. 2018 Because Rev sources and roasts its coffees, the baristas are hyper-aware of flavor profiles. Jennifer Bradley Franklin, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Coffee Shops in Atlanta," 22 Aug. 2018 The co-worker ordered a white chocolate mocha and an iced caramel macchiato and told the barista his name is Pedro, Hernandez said. David Williams, CNN, "Starbucks faces more racism allegations after a barista wrote a slur on a Latino customer's cup," 17 May 2018 Photo: stringer/Reuters The Robusta coffee in question, as opposed to its more expensive Arabica counterpart, is easier to grow and tends to be used more by instant coffee makers than by baristas. David Hodari, WSJ, "Exchange Shuts Louis Dreyfus Coffee Trading Warehouses," 22 Nov. 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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English Language Learners Definition of barista

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

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