You say sommelier, I say barista

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Mon Jul 21 03:39:39 UTC 2008

My response to that is simply that's Starbucks, lol. I don't patronize
them, either, unless I have no other choice. It's extremely rare I
would order espresso from a server (i.e., at a restaurant) because my
experience has generally been even worse yet. The places I go to have
baristas, people who know how to make espresso. BB

On Jul 20, 2008, at 8:05 PM, Doug Harris wrote:

> And 'server' is so much simpler still.
> (Many a 'server' has provided me credible coffee at a fraction
> the price of Starbucks' simplest (and truly no better) offering.
> I never encountered a 'barista' before Starbucks, and don't like
> patronizing them because of the patronizing (we-know-better-than-
> you-about-coffee) attitude that is Starbucks whole schtick.)
> dh
>> The word sommelier, of course, now refers not just to wine, but
>> espresso (and perhaps other things as well).
> So "barista" is out?  It's much easier to pronounce.
> Joel

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