this is rhetorical:

My coworker, Janice*; is a barista.

I am a baristo.

We are baristi.

Yes? No?

Why?

Why not?

Talk amongst yourselves.

--EDIT-- 05/06/2008
for clarity - and the title "Barista"
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I'd like to know what YOU think of the phrase...

if you're fine with 'barista' that's awesome - but that is not what I'm interested in; but how you feel about it... how do you perceive yourself in that title and how do you project yourself - in any title - toward the public from behind the bar? to your friends? to your colleagues? etc. etc.

can we be more than 'barista'?

--EDIT-- 06/03/2008

I'm not talking about gender-role, I'm talking title; I'm not talking pay, I'm talking perception; I'm not talking about YOU, I'm talking WE.

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*not a real person

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I think Bud Light had it it right, you are "Mr. Fancy Coffee shop Coffee Pourer" Now ya know! Now stand aside and let the man who works the milk foamer take over!
"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.
Zech said:
"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.

We're lawyers? (barrister is a lawyer of sorts)
i like the term "server " and not in a unisex TGIFriday sort of way , but as a descriptor of the core of the barista experience.

we serve people, we take care of them , that kind of thing...
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.
I like:
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.
I like the groupings that you made up... A Pour of Baristas?

two doppios shootin' the breeze?...?

Scott Bruggman said:
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.
I like:
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.
I really like Doppios shotin the breeze.

Grinding the beans off into the sunset....

Two old baristas sitting and talkin' about the weather

There may be no I in "Team" but there is one in Barista....
Just a latte to think about...
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...
haha, yeah I've had the "Doppio for the Doppio" person/people before... I also like "A Macch for Mack" - not as common...

a Crew of Cuppers? A Hopper of Bean-heads?

ho-boy, not sure if this thread is still alive or limping it's way out now... ;)

Brady said:
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...

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