In this café in Arizona, it’s not only the coffee that has male customers lining up.
In Arizona, locals are having mixed feelings about a coffee shop that features baristas scantily clad in bikinis and lingerie. Called ‘Bikini Beans Espresso’, the café is the second branch to open after the success of the flagship store in Washington.
The store has received positive reviews on Yelp, with many male users praising both their coffee AND the staff. Unsurprisingly.
According to owner Carlie Jo, the business wants to empower women to feel good about themselves.
“Women everywhere have the right to vote, to be gay, to be successful community leaders and business owners, or even run for President!” she said.
“We have the right to work with grace, confidence and dignity, regardless if it’s in a business suit, scrubs, or a bikini.”
Many residents, however, find the dress code inappropriate. That includes the local council.
“It should be all about the coffee and not about the body,” said councilor Mike Fagan. “Having frequented at least one time in each of these shops, just to see what the consumer is subjected to, we’re talking about three stickers strategically placed – and I’ll leave it up to everybody else’s imagination as to where those stickers are placed.”
As for the baristas? They’re perfectly fine with it.
“We make coffee as you would get at Starbucks,” said Maya Oslan, who works at a different chain called Smokin’ Hot Coffee.
“The only difference is I’m in a bikini… I’m busting my butt working two jobs to put myself through school. I want a nice car and a nice house. I’m buying my first house in two week; hard work really does pay off.
“If I have to make coffee in a bikini to get where I need to go, then fine. I’m not stepping out of the way I was raised or breaking any morals.”
What do you think? Women empowerment or exploitation?