They are a few of the many so-called "bikini barista" coffee shops that have been multiplying in the Northwest in recent years. As their names suggest, t he shops feature scantily clad women working espresso machines. Employees' dress codes include bikinis, lingerie, and various themed costumes. The first bikini barista shop opened in the Washington area more than a decade ago. There are now more than adult-themed coffee shops operating in Washington, Oregon and Idaho, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Drive-thru coffee stand owners in Spokane, Washington, are employing a scantily-clad business tactic that has boosted sales -- and complaints. The odd phenomenon of teaming coffee with sex appeal has been growing across the West and seems to have started in Seattle, where one of the original business owners told us in that the idea was catching on quick. A guy talking to them in that way is opening a door for a lawsuit, in my opinion. Birnel owns three stands in Spokane and says the business model is as simple as you would imagine — sex sells, and sex can sell coffee.
Five female employees at the Bikini Hut, an Everett espresso stand, have been charged with prostitution following a lengthy undercover investigation by Everett police. A sixth barista who works for the same company in the Lynwood area was arraigned Thursday on an indecent-exposure charge. EVERETT — Business was brisk just before noon Thursday at the Grab-N-Go Bikini Hut, where a lone barista, clad in a skimpy pink string bikini, served up steaming vanilla lattes and an endless supply of cheerful chitchat from behind the counter of the espresso stand. The issue has gained even more steam now that five Grab-N-Go baristas from the Everett stand were charged this week in Everett Municipal Court with prostitution after a lengthy undercover investigation by Everett police.
This post was contributed by a community member. The views expressed here are the author's own. Cowgirls Espresso www. While being in the media is nothing new for Cowgirls Espresso — the company is annually featured in national and international media coverage for its coffee stands featuring sexy lingerie baristas — Maxim Magazine's mention is a true honor, according to founder Lori Bowden. Bowden is planning a new overhaul of the company's marketing going forward — with Maxim as the start.