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Opinion: Exclusionism is a Threat to Coffee

Years ago, as I first was irresistably drawn into the world of coffee (having absolutely HATED the drink for many decades) I came across a fascinating book on the used book shelf of a thrift store. It was the story of coffeehouses in the West, beginning in Vienna at the recovery from the Ottoman Turks back in fifteen something or another. The MOST FASCINATING section was on the coffeehouses of London, in particular, and England on the whole. “Penny Universities, they were, as the price of a cup (one pence) was one’s “tuition” to enter. Seating was rather close, typically, and the universal unspoken rule was anyone might sit anywhere, and is expected to converse and interact with whoever might happen to be near. A stevedore might sit next a nobleman, a farrier next an MP. Thus, over time, the London coffee houses became clearning houses and meeting places for all manner of ...

Full article: http://dailycoffeenews.com/2017/02/03/opinion-exclusionis...

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