A young barista making coffee.
The person who makes coffee drinks at Starbucks is an example of a barista.
Origin of baristaIt, person who brews espresso; origin, originally , bartender
Origin of baristaItalian, bartender : bar, bar, café (from English bar; see bar1) + -ista, -ist (from Latin -ista, -ist&emacron;s, from Greek -ist&emacron;s, agent n. suff).
- A person who serves behind the counter in a coffee shop.
- Barista, in Italian, is of common gender. For English speakers cursorily familiar with Italian grammar, it may appear feminine on first encounter, as evidenced by the existence of the hypercorrect derivation baristo, intended as its masculine counterpart.