Bill Hall wrote an article in today’s Tacoma, WA The News Tribune illustrating the many parallels between espresso bars and, well, “bar” bars: I’m fluent in coffee, booze – so give me your best shot. It includes the fanciful drinks ordered by people who really don’t like what is really in them (be it espresso or alcohol) … down to the clientele you can find at each kind of establishment.

Some have called espresso bars the new “corner bars”. Are baristas the new bartenders? (Barista being the Italian word for bartender.)