Giving "hot coffee" a whole new meaning

Ransom Riggs

Seattle, native home of Starbucks, invented the current coffee craze way back in the 80s. Now that the rest of the country has done its best to recreate the once uniquely Northwestern coffee-stand-on-every-corner aesthetic, Seattle had to reinvent its coffee scene -- or risk fading into the background of a pattern they created. Their answer? Sexpresso.

It's kind of like Hooters for coffee: scantily-clad girls in chaps and baby-doll negligees serve coffee concoctions like "The Sexual Mix" (a caramel macchiato with vanilla and milk) or a "Wet Dream" (coffee with white chocolate, milk and caramel sauce). One such drive-thru in the Seattle 'burbs is called "The Sweet Spot," and some other sexpresso stands go by monikers like "Natte Latte" and "Cowgirl Coffee."

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Some Northwesterners object, complaining that the stores are degrading to women. There is one obvious benefit, however: the money. A normal barista earns about $10 in tips per shift (over and above their normal hourly rate); a "bikini barista" can earn $200.