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BEST CAFE WHERE BARISTAS ARE HOTTERN THAN THE COFFEE

Cabaristas Coffee

Everyone knows Seattle brought us Starbucks. The coffee mecca is also the birthplace of the bikini barista. When the air conditioning at a coffee shop died one hot Seattle summer, some baristas decided to wear bikinis to work. Sales — and tips — spiked.

The uptick comes as no surprise to Brittany Browne, manager of Cabaristas Coffee in Punta Gorda. “Nothing sells better than sex,” Ms. Browne said in a matter-of-fact voice.

On a typical workday, Ms. Browne dons her own bikini and heads to Cabaristas, where she pours coffee, makes smoothies and sells ice cream. Plans for her purchase of the business are in the works. “When you find something you like, you gotta roll with it as hard as possible,” she said.

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