"We are good to go!"
I think the term should, technically, be Barrister. If that's not an Americanization or a traditional Italian-ism, I don't know what is.
So, that's the right answer. Of course, coffee guy is probably the least pretentious sounding, socially acceptable term.
i am not much of a cunning linguist and I dont know much about words and there origin. But I do humorously agree with you Tom. When i first started working in a cafe I was the first male employees to work there. I referd to myself as a "Baristo" to set myself apart. I think it important to give ourselves creative titles to set ourselves apart from the rest. As for the Plural I think we should make one up for ourselves.
a Gaggle of Baristas
a Murder of Baristas
a Grip of Baristas..... These are just a few suggestions. I would be interested to hear your ideas.
As for now I consider myself a "Chocolate Specialist" or aka sales rep. (I dont care for it)
If I still worked in a Cafe i think i would call myself a Caffeinated Mixologist. Because isan't that what we all are at heart.
Funny. I may actually begin to refer to myself as "The Doppio" from now on. I did have a husband/wife pair of regular customers a while ago - she got a capp for her and a "doppio for the doppio". I thought it was cute...