Driven to Espresso: Drive-through Coffee Stands in the Northwest

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Thursday, April 01, 2010

No end to the bikini barista fascination

I have Google Alerts set up to send me an email everyday showing me new content it finds for the phrase "bikini barista." There has not been a day go by that it doesn't come up with several new articles on this subject. Many times the "new" content it finds is a copy of an earlier post by someone that gets replicated or quoted by newspapers, bloggers, or other media sources.

There are three main types of content it finds: news relating to trouble that the baristas and/or owners get into with the law; comments by folks who have some opinion on the topic, one side or the other; and advertisements for baristas that stand owners post, usually on Craigslist. When there is news relating to legal troubles, that article will get picked up by several other bloggers (like me sometimes!) and the media in general. Sometimes the news isn't so much about legal trouble, as much as a simple statement that a new stand has opened. Nowadays, these new "sexpresso" stands are outside the Northwest region, because, let's face it, we have gotten over that as a news item here. The latest advertisement for job applications for bikini baristas comes from a stand in Cincinnati, my hometown. In case you haven't heard, Cincinnati is well known as a conservative city, so I'm waiting to read about that controversial stand's debut there.

One new stand that did make the news here though, is the male barista stand that features "minimally dressed" male baristas. (Seattle women note: it is the "Barista Boyz of Broadway" on Capitol Hill next to the Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences at 1122 E Madison St. Oh yeah, this is Capitol Hill, so I should not have limited my note to just Seattle women.) I know a lot of soccer moms have been waiting for this, and it's bound to spread outward to the suburbs soon, so hang in there. But truthfully, this is not the level of bare skin most women have been anticipating. It's just bare-chested guys who don't mind getting hot steam on their abs. Hmmmmm. No thongs yet. Sorry.


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