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Entry from December 19, 2021
“Barista implies the existence of a baristo”

A “barista” is a coffeehouse employee who prepares drinks, such as at Starbucks. “Barista” is not feminine, but some people believe that the term “baristo” should exist for a male employee.

“And, is it gender-specific? A ‘barista’ is a female coffee maker/attendant, and a ‘baristo’ is a male?????” was posted on the newsgroup rec.food.drink.coffee on February 25, 1996. “barista/baristo (why is the latter is never used in describing a male espresso wizard?)” was posted on the newsgroup seattle.eats on February 21, 1997. ”baristo A male worker in an espresso bar. Related to barista (female) and baristi (plural)” was entered in the Urban Dictionary on May 15, 2006.

“Why aren’t male baristas called baristos?” was printed in the Colorado Daily (Boulder, CO) on May 9, 2011. “Why isn’t a male Barista called a Baristo? Or Coffee Dude?” was posted on Twitter by Dude of the House on September 23, 2011. “Why isn’t a male coffee barista called a baristo?” was posted on Twitter by YB Brown Sugar on September 23, 2021. “why isn’t a male barista called a baristo” was posted on Twitter by kat on September 29, 2021.

“the term ‘barista’ implies that theres a ‘baristo’” was posted on Twitter by trent reznor fangirl on May 14, 2020. “Barista implies the existence of a baristo” was posted on Twitter by Tim ( Σ prowler ) on December 18, 2021.


Wikipedia: Barista
A barista (/bəˈriːstə, -ˈrɪstə/; Italian: [baˈrista]; from the Italian for “bartender") is a person, usually a coffeehouse employee, who prepares and serves espresso-based coffee drinks. In Starbucks, over the counter employees are referred to as “baristas”, although the preparation process is fully automated.

Wiktionary: barista
Etymology
Borrowed from Italian barista (“bartender”, literally “barist”), from bar (from English bar) + -ista (“-ist”); compare barman.
Noun
barista
(plural baristas or baristi)
1. A person who prepares coffee in a coffee shop for customers

Wiktionary: baristo
Etymology
From barista (“espresso-server”), the -a having been misinterpreted as the Italian feminine singular ending -a, and then substituted with the masculine singular ending -o to specify a masculine, rather than feminine, agent noun.
Noun
baristo
(plural baristi or baristos)
1. (nonstandard, hypercorrect) A specifically male barista.

Google Groups: rec.food.drink.coffee
Starbucks
alan
Feb 25, 1996, 3:00:00 AM
And, is it gender-specific? A “barista” is a female coffee maker/attendant, and a “baristo” is a male?????

Google Groups: seattle.eats
To tip or not to tip
Max Pednekar
Feb 21, 1997, 3:00:00 AM
Complicated? Did I bring about this complicated situation by putting out that tip-jar in the first place? To answer you question, this is not calculus, it a rough formula derived from my sub-conscious tipping trends. In short, if I knew for certain the barista/baristo (why is the latter is never used in describing a male espresso wizard?) was making a decent living wage, the primary motivator of my dropping spare change in the tip jar would be gone!.....MSP

Urban Dictionary
baristo
A male worker in an espresso bar. Related to barista (female) and baristi (plural)
The baristo made my cafe latte at the espresso bar.
by sabertooth May 15, 2006

Google Groups: alt.fan.british-accent
Ummmmm?
Ken Butler
Nov 10, 2006, 5:15:32 PM
(...)
To my mind, “barista” is female; “baristo” would be male.

Twitter
Randy Schmidt
@R38Y
@mainstjava is packed and my poor brother-in-lol is all by himself. Too bad I’m not a Baristo (masculine form of barista?)
2:34 PM · Feb 27, 2008·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
IF T. R. CATANZARITE
@TRCATANZARITE
Starbucks/all coffee houses:  Call a male server a “baristo.” A “barista” is a female.  It’s the same with Bimbo/Bimba.  Ask the Italians.
1:54 PM · Aug 1, 2008·Twitter Web Client

9 May 2011, Colorado Daily (Boulder, CO), “Escape 101: How to blow town fast—4 tips for getting the H out of B-town” by Jenn Fields, pg. ?:
(PS: Why aren’t male baristas called baristos? This question haunts me at night, when I’m jacked up on triple Americanos with room for soy.)

Twitter
Dude of the House
@DudeOfTheHouse
Why isn’t a male Barista called a Baristo? Or Coffee Dude?
7:06 PM · Sep 23, 2011·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Taylor Soss
@tsossy
why is a male barista called a barista? that just sounds too feminine. should be a baristo or something. #whydoesitmatter. #pondering.
1:30 AM · Jul 14, 2012·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Brian
@flying_briann
why is a male barista at starbucks not called a baristo..
1:34 AM · Aug 25, 2012·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Erin Turley
@erinturlz
Why isn’t a male barista called a “baristo”?
2:36 PM · Dec 31, 2012·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Crystal Sprague
@stalface
Why isn’t a male barista called a baristo? #beachday #sisterdate
@karlee_kent
9:33 PM · May 19, 2013·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Katie
@theladykatie
Why isn’t a male barista called a baristo? #starbucks
3:28 PM · Nov 23, 2014·Twitter Web Client

Urban Dictionary
Baristo
The word “baristo” is sometimes used as a male version of barista. However, that’s a case of hypercorrection. The word “barista” is gender-neutral.
“I’m totally gonna be a baristo when I’m done with college!”
by Queen Michael February 11, 2015

Twitter
Jessie Lewis
@ItsJessieLewis
but why isn’t a male barista called a baristo #realtalk
9:57 PM · May 10, 2015·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
DJ Willett
@WillettDJ
Why isn’t a male barista called a baristo?
11:40 PM · Dec 30, 2016·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
M. Geldard
@MollyGeldard
Why isn’t a male barista called a baristo
2:01 PM · Aug 18, 2017·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Ellie...?! Yes.
@adorableIronPaw
Why isn’t a male barista a baristo?
9:08 PM · Aug 18, 2018·Twitter for Android

Twitter
slade
@thesladeparade
Why isn’t a male barista called a baristo?
10:38 AM · Mar 11, 2019·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
trent reznor fangirl
@emond_madi
the term ‘barista’ implies that theres a ‘baristo’
1:42 PM · May 14, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Cozy Coffee
What Do You Call A Male Barista? – Male Barista Name Explained
David Dewitt January 27, 2021
(...)
So, many male barista are fine to be called a barista, and the term ‘barista’ is actually gender neutral, meaning it fits for both genders. So, there is no official male name for a male barista, it is just a barista.

But, there is a community that has come up with a unique name for a male barista. According to user fueled Wikitonary, the male name for a barista is known as a baristo. But this is just someones made up word for a male barista.

Twitter
silk sonette
@chellly_g
Why isn’t the male for of barista “baristO?” I’d like to know.
5:51 PM · Jul 21, 2021·Twitter for Android

Twitter
YB Brown Sugar
@YB_Brown_Sugar_
Why isn’t a male coffee barista called a baristo?
5:52 PM · Sep 23, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
kat
@russiangirlbot
why isn’t a male barista called a baristo
1:54 PM · Sep 29, 2021·Twitter Web App

Twitter
Noah Seeebs
@Njsiebs98
A male barista should be a baristo, change my mind
5:13 PM · Dec 14, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Tim ( Σ prowler )
@godcoded
Replying to @mvelaDEN
Barista implies the existence of a baristo
6:05 PM · Dec 18, 2021·Twitter for Android

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