The Definition and Job Description of a Barista

Word Origin

The word barista originated in Italy, where it means a “bartender” who serves alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, including coffee and espresso drinks. The Italian term is gender neutral when singular. In English, it is gender neutral when singular or plural (baristas), but in Italian, it is gender-specific when plural, either the masculine “baristi,” which means “barmen” or “bartenders,” or the feminine “bariste,” which means “barmaids.” In the United States, this term is limited to servers of coffee-based beverages and does not include those that prepare and serve alcoholic beverages.

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