And yet, nearly everyone has an opinion about them. Why are they often such an easy target? I set off to answer these questions and more in two in-depth podcast interviews that I think covers the subject like never before. One thing has emerge to be quite evident for me:. Not all bikini espresso stands are created equally. Some have gotten themselves in, well, hot water. This is a story about Cowgirls Espresso , one Seattle-area coffee company that has lived and operated above the fray and have avoided controversy.
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This is no ordinary coffee!
A bikini barista is a person who prepares and serves coffee drinks while dressed in scanty attire such as a bikini or lingerie. In the United States, this marketing trend sometimes referred to as sexpresso   or bareista   originated in the Seattle , Washington area in the early s. Similar phenomena have appeared in countries such as Chile and Japan since at least the s. Espresso drive-through stands and coffee outlets are numerous in the greater Seattle area,  so much so that coffee stands that have fully clothed employees often advertise themselves as "family friendly". A few months after opening, as summer heat invaded the small square-foot 6.
S tudent Amelia Powell is starting her shift at a drive-through coffee stand on a rain-lashed parking lot in Everett, Washington. A black SUV pulls up. A middle-aged man wearing a baseball cap asks for a 12oz hot chocolate with whipped cream. Powell is a bikini barista, one of hundreds across the state hired to serve coffee at premium prices from roadside huts around 8ft square while wearing lingerie, thongs, nipple pasties or skimpy swimwear.