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Wednesday, 14 May 2014

The Revival of Coffeehouse Culture

Coffeehouses and cafés became more popular in the United States and Britain in the 1950s with the rise of the teenager culture. Because of the liquor laws preventing anyone under a certain age from entering bars, American youths would instead meet together in coffee shops or in Britain in cafés. (The English term café, borrowed from the French, comes from the Turkish “kahve”, meaning coffee.)

Later in the century the rise of international coffee shop chains such as Starbucks, (which is named after Starbuck, a character in Moby Dick), as a popular meeting place for western students and urban professionals was a throwback to the coffee house craze of a few centuries ago.

Today a variety of different types of coffees are offered ranging from Café Latte topped with whipped cream to authentic Colombian or Kenyan coffees. In a similar fashion to 300 years ago customers can keep themselves up to date with the news, thanks to the selection of newspapers, which are frequently on offer.

A modern variation since the mid 1990s are internet cafes, where access to the world-wide web is available with a cuppa.

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