Coffee Shop Theory

Coffee shops have made themselves a fan favorite for those that enjoy catching up over a picture perfect latte, getting out of the office, or simply being around people. But would you believe me if I told you that the theory behind coffee shops started over three hundred years ago?

In 1652, the first coffee house was opened in London by Pasqua Rosee, the servant of a merchant trader from Ottoman Smyrna. Rosse chose to place his coffee house in the financial district of the city in hopes of encouraging trade with the Ottoman Empire. Little did he know that his business venture would turn into an international phenomenon. In fact, a couple months ago I walked into a coffee shop in a suburb of Dallas where I frequently make an appearance, and found out that they were having a local, small business day. People from all over the city gathered to indulge in their caffeine habit, and do some outdoor shopping. Sounds like with as many things that have evolved over the years, much of society has stayed the same.

One of the reasons that we at Grounds for Travel enjoy coffee shops so much is that the atmosphere almost seems to cultivate conversation, and if you ask anyone that knows us- we love having conversations. Fortunately we are not the first ones to feel this way. If we kick it back to 1668, you would see that coffee shops used to be the city’s news room, where the baristas were the news anchors, and regulars- their viewers. Some men used to spend such an extended period of time at a shop that they would start to receive mail there!! Maybe we should keep an eye on our Amazon packages…. As the popularity of this life style increased, philosophers would offer Socratic discussions to anyone willing to listen, and the shops would host as long as each attendee purchased a cup of coffee. This eventually earned coffee houses the nickname, “Penny Universities.” Today, the coffee trend continues, and the conversation is still going.

If you have never been outside of the big green monster, we would encourage you to join in on the conversation, and explore some of the other coffee shops that your city has to offer. And while you’re at it, keep an eye out for more of our thoughts on the shops both in the States and in Europe. A little snobbery never hurt anyone…we hope.

Cheers y’all.

Want to know more about coffee philosophy? Check these sites out…

A Film About Coffee:

Stumptown Coffee Roasters- The Brew Guide:

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