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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.



baristo (plural baristi or baristos)

  1. (hypercorrect) A specifically male barista.
    • 2002: Business week, page 102 (McGraw-Hill, Inc.)
      Starbucks also faces slumping morale and employee burnout among its store managers and its once-cheery army of baristos.
    • 2003: Philip Edward Baruth, The X President: a novel, page 65 (Bantam Books; →ISBN, 9780553802948)
      On the other side of me a table holds several tureens of brewed coffee; additionally, a small man in a white coat stands beside a cappuccino maker. He is the official baristo of this White House coffee.
    • 2006: The Economist, volume 381, page 16 (Economist Newspaper Ltd.)
      As a Starbucks baristo, I was pleased to read your even-handed treatment of the Ethiopian trademarking controversy.
    • 2006: Rachel Sarah, Single Mom Seeking: Playdates, Blind Dates, and Other Dispatches from the Dating World, page 111 (Seal Press; →ISBN, 9781580051668)
      I walk over to Feet’s Coffee & Tea on Vine Street and tell the young #baristo, “My daughter started preschool today.” He gives me a coffee on the house.
    • 2006: Rebecca Agiewich, BreakupBabe: a novel, page 50 (Ballantine Books; →ISBN, 9780345484000)
      The cute baristo. He’d somehow slipped in unnoticed again, and was now behind the counter in a sky blue T-shirt []
    • 2008: Jennifer Stevenson, The Velvet Chair, page 71 (Ballantine Books; →ISBN, 9780345486691)
      At the door, the baristo from Starbucks peeked in. His lime green hair seemed to stick straight up when he saw Jewel. “I brought you another latte. []