D-CUPPUCCINO US baristas serve coffee in just bikinis and strategically placed stickers as female owner dubs it ’empowering’

The women who work in the Washington branch of Bikini Bean Espresso have said they have no problem with the attire.


Bikini Beans Espresso is owned by entrepreneur Carlie Jo and has seen huge success – possibly due to the dress code.


Ratings have soared on Yelp and customers regularly leave comments about the staff online.


Although the risky uniform has received criticism the owner is adamant it empowers women.


On the website she writes about the branch in Arizona: “As the first bikini barista shop in Arizona, we want to empower women to be, and 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!


“We have the right to work with grace, confidence and dignity, regardless if it’s in a business suit, scrubs, or a bikini.”


A large number of the clientele do appear to be men, but not all men in the local area have been won over by the uniform choice.City councillor Mike Fagan tried to bring in limitations on the stands as he argued it promotes the exploitation of women.


While appearing on a YouTube video for Zagat he said: “It should be all about the coffee and not about the body.


“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.


“I don’t want to pound on the ‘it’s for the children’ argument, but that is what it’s all about.”A local mum agreed as she told how she had to explain to her children why the women had no top on, and why men were queuing up for the coffee.


But staff members have defended what they do, with one saying whole families come to visit her whichever stand she is on.


She said she believed people are “just trying to find another thing to be offended by”.


Today a thousand naked swimmers bared all as they joined the fifth annual Sydney Skinny ocean swim and leapt in the sea with abandon.


Last year a calendar featuring naked farm girls caused a sensation in rural communities across Germany.