Believe it or not, this is not the first time there has been a coffeehouse culture. It just goes to prove there is nothing new anymore. Coffee houses were highly popular in England in the 17th and 18th centuries. The first coffee house was established in the university town of Oxford in 1650. To put that in context, Good Queen Bess, aka Elizabeth I died in 1603. So coffee house culture has been around almost since the Tudors were still on the throne – which as even a fourth grader will tell you is ages ago.
Coffee houses were renowned for being centers of gossip and chit-chat and places where you could get the news.
Nowadays coffee house modesto shops are much the same just with a modern twist on them. Today’s coffee houses still provide an essential social function – but perhaps owe their popularity to the ubiquity of the internet. It is a bit like the chicken and the egg. Which came first the modern coffee shop or the internet? Certainly, in the early days – the presence of the internet helped the culture grow.
It is hard to imagine us managing without coffee houses now. In Manhattan there is on average two blocks at most between a certain green-logo’d coffee shop and the next one with the same green logo. Impossible to imagine that we really need all those!
Luckily though there is still enough space available for the small individual coffee maker who can stamp their own brand on a locality and become the place for friends and neighbors to meet.
The US is not the only country with this culture though. The Italians have just as strong a culture as we do and it is possibly even more entrenched than ours.