Bikini barista-ing is, at the same time, a young woman’s game. Now that she's pushing 30, Mandy is ready to hang up her bikini and work behind the scenes full time. She says she feels like a mama bear to her employees, both of whom are in their early 20s.
"I'm sort of ancient, really, but I do love the work and when I stop being a barista, I’ll miss it."
That includes the customers. The men, sure, but also the families.
"The kids love me. The little girls especially. They get so excited. They're like, 'Wow, you are so pretty. I want to be pretty like you when I grow up.’"
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Deborah Kennedy is a writer and editor in Portland, Oregon with a weakness for non-fat, two-pump, extra-shot vanilla lattes. She's had the same Target bikini since 2002. Follow her for all the feels: @fabulousdk.