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A barista is the main person behind the counter at a coffee shop who prepares espresso-based beverages and other various coffee drinks. Baristas promote coffee consumption by engaging and educating customers. Baristas play an essential role in running a coffee business and possess valuable customer service skills.
Having a good barista is essential to the success of a coffee shop. Baristas can boost the reputation of a coffee shop, make signature coffee drinks, build relationships with customers and provide recommendations based on familiarity with customer preferences.
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"Barista" is an Italian word that, in Italy, refers to a general server of drinks, including alcohol. In the United States, "barista" is the title for someone who only makes and serves coffee.