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barista

[buh-ris-tuh -ree-stuh; Italian bah-rees-tah] /bəˈrɪs tə -ˈri stə; Italian bɑ ris tɑ/
noun, plural baristas, baristi [buh-ree-stee; Italian bah-rees-tee] /bəˈri sti; Italian bɑ ris ti/ (Show IPA)
1.
a person who is specially trained in the making and serving of coffee drinks, as in a coffee bar.
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  • But whether or not the crackdown is real, every barista in town seems to be putting on a hat because of the regulations.
  • Unless, of course, you use it following the name of your favorite barista.
  • However, neither of these methods allow the barista full control over the extraction process.
  • We imagine it's designed to work in unmanned environments, or to take the heat off a busy barista.
  • Tang said, but the barista would not honor it for some reason.
  • But that doesn't mean the barista is a failure, or the college should be blamed.
  • She found work at a chocolate shop and took a course to become a barista.
  • Now, all you need to do is ask the barista how many ounces are in the beverage.
  • He identified the variables he had to play with as a barista and started experimenting.
  • Creating a novel that offers both froth and substance can be compared to being a barista.
British Dictionary definitions for barista

barista

/bəˈrɪstə/
noun
1.
a person who makes and serves coffee in a coffee bar
Word Origin
C20: Italian: literally, bartender
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Contemporary definitions for barista
noun

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

Examples

He plans to become a barista at Starbucks.

Word Origin

1982; Ital

Usage Note

pl. baristi

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Word Origin and History for barista
n.

"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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