Associated Press
Jan. 29, 2007 01:05 PM

TUKWILA, Wash. – Coffee-stand owner John Cambroto couldn’t compete against the beautiful bikini-clad women selling espresso up the road.

“We had a much better atmosphere, good coffee. Unfortunately, they ran around half-naked and we didn’t,” said Cambroto, who finally threw in the towel last spring and sold his business to his rival, the operator of six Cowgirls Espresso stands in the Seattle suburbs.

The naughty baristas of Cowgirls Espresso represent a new trend in and around Seattle – perhaps the most caffeinated city in America – and illustrate how cutthroat the competition can be in the hometown of Starbucks, which has multiple coffee shops competing on the same block.

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Among the other coffee stands that are showing some skin: Moka Girls in Auburn, The Sweet Spot Cafe in Shoreline, Bikini Espresso in Renton and Natte Latte in Port Orchard.

One recent afternoon, there was a long line of cars at the tiny, black-and-white, cow-painted Cowgirls stand in front of a Tukwila casino.

Candice Law, leaning provocatively out the drive-through window in a black bra that didn’t quite cover her shiny purple pasties, and Toni Morgan, wearing a skimpy halter top, see-through red lace panties and chaps, seemed to know every customer.

Most of the customers declined to give their names or be interviewed – “Nobody wants to admit to their wives that they’re here,” Law said. One who did, a 25-year-old diesel mechanic named Mike West, said he comes every day for the coffee.

“I could care less what they wear,” he said.

Lori Bowden, the owner of Cowgirls Espresso, opened her first stand, by the entrance to the Silver Dollar Casino, four years ago. Law and other employees suggested doing “Bikini Wednesdays.” Bowden approved, and her stand immediately doubled the amount of money it was taking in – from $200 to $400 – on Wednesdays.

“Fantasy Fridays,” “School Girl Thursdays,” “Cowgirl Tuesdays” and “Military Mondays” soon followed. The stand now rakes in about $800 a day, Bowden said. The girls make minimum wage, plus $80 to $150 a day in tips.

Steve McDaniel, chief operating officer at the casino, saw the line of vehicles and knew there was money to be made. He opened Moka Girls last summer. Like Cowgirls, it features theme days and racy lingerie.

“Most guys like to see pretty girls when they get their mochas,” said Sarah Araujo, who opened The Sweet Spot two years ago. “We just figured we’d be honest about it.”

As long as the employees’ breasts and buttocks are covered, they aren’t breaking the law. And the owners of the stands say they get few complaints.

Bowden said the baristas at one Cowgirls stand stopped signing the paper coffee cups “XOXO” after the wife of one customer complained, but that’s been about it.

On the Net:

http://www.cowgirlsespresso.com

http://www.thesweetspotcafe.com

http://www.mokagirls.com

Coffee shops wikipedia

April 14, 2007

Little Saigon has seen a surge in coffee shops “Quan Ca-Fe” which are the equivalent to American bars where Vietnamese men go to spend time with male friends and drink coffee. In order to attract customers, shops employ scantily clad women who in true LA-style surgically enhance their appearance to appeal to the male customers. With such a proliferation in coffee shops, the City of Westminster has limited the number of new coffee shop business licenses.

t. There are approximately 200 hundred restaurants in the area of Little Saigon and spilling over to Garden Grove, Fountain Valley, Santa Ana and Huntington Beach. In addition, there are quite a number of Vietnamese supermarkets, small Vietnamese delis and bakeries in Little Saigon specializing in French-style coffee and baguette sandwiches – indeed, a legacy of Vietnam’s turbulent colonial past

Coffe Shops Bolsa

April 14, 2007

These days when you drive down on Bolsa in Orange county you see men and women walking out of coffee shops. SMoking, gambling, Karoke, and probably has intentions of cheating on their spouse.  You see the coffee shops in Orange county is like a bar. More like a coffee bar   Asian teenagers after high school break into partys and going clubbing, having babies at a year age.  What troubles me is to see at seventeen year old girl working at  a coffee shop wearing a tube top and trying to still fit in with a group, while she has a baby at home.  My family doesn’t really how wealthy they are.  Always talk of winning the lottery and buying a million dollar house.  They just refinciance the house and added new lawn to the front yard.  Paint the house fix the windows and backyard.  They now can afford satelite vietnames channel.  My mom has a car, my older sisters have their own car and linda shares a car with my dad.  Yet my mother is miserable. I pray for their souls because their needy.  Not only for family but salvation.  They’re not hungry for truth beecause they rather fill their emptiness with food, fights, grand kids, gambling, chinese/korean series in dubbed, and the vietnamese channel on satellite.

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