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 SeattleWashington 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 Bikini coffee shops 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. Sales took off, and other scantily-clad theme days soon followed. The phenomenon of bikini baristas has sometimes caused controversy and complaints from local residents.
As a result of these complaints and incidents, some local jurisdictions have considered adopting local ordinances to regulate and control the activities of the stores. Undercover police officers in Snohomish County, Washingtonwitnessed some baristas performing additional services for extra money, including letting customers touch them, photograph them or watch them lick whipped cream off each other. These Bikini coffee shops have been retracted by the Everett WA police department, as the police officer 'undercover' was a known customer and offered money to the barista.
In July the owner and three employees of Java Juggs in Edmonds, Washingtonwere charged with prostitution with the police later releasing some footage obtained. Everett the county seat of and the largest city in Snohomish Countyin December was temporarily enjoined against enforcing a dress code ordinance against bikini baristas by U.
District Court Judge Marsha Pechman who found it unconstitutionally vagueviolated their freedom of expression and unconstitutional under the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment since it targeted only women.
In March the city filed an appeal with 9th U. Circuit Court of Appeals and requested the injunction be lifted.
It drew the ire of Belfair residents. Mason County officials responded to complaints on the July 30, meeting by ruling the espresso stand is "erotic entertainment" and off limits in the Belfair area.
The owners of "Espresso Gone Wild" in Belfair were being told that their baristas are violating an erotic entertainment ordinance.