This Barbie-doll shed of a building is home to Hot Bikini Brew, where owner and head barista, Mandy, can be found most weekdays, serving up espresso drinks in little more than lingerie and a smile. The kiosk is snug, thanks to a whirring space heater, and smells of espresso and Mandy's Love Addict body spray. While Mandy tamps the grounds, a steady stream of dudes casts mostly furtive glances at her flawless, practically bare buttocks. Less-coy customers gape openly, clearly appreciative of her way with the steam wand. Yoosh over her shoulder. My customers here are really nice.
They face court dates on prostitution charges this month. The bikini barista trend emerged in recent years as some espresso stands sought to stand out amid the heavy competition for coffee business in a region that is home to Starbucks. There are now dozens of such shops in the region, with names like Brewlesque, Twin Perks and Java Juggs. The bikini shops have always stirred up controversy, with some cities threatening to shut them down unless their employees covered up. Snohomish County north of Seattle last month began requiring coffee stand employees to wear at least the equivalent of a bikini or face regulation under adult entertainment ordinances. That would mean tougher zoning restrictions and rules requiring customers to all be adults.
The mocha I got there was terrible. Ended throwing it out and going down to Barista Brew Coffee and teas. Much better Mocha. White chocolate, cream, butter pecan!
Good Morning Dundee! Just a friendly reminder that we are now working with our winter hours! Good Morning!