This blog is entirely dedicated to coffee shops and everything about coffee. Coffee was cultivated as early as the 9th century in Africa. It did not reach Europe until the 17th century, and when it finally did it was met with a lot of varying opinions.
People either loved or hated coffee. In the 18th century, a London coffee house became the centre of controversy as the first known European coffee house.
It was a so controversial place that even the King of England tried to ban it and the coffee from the country and close all establishments.
It seemed that people loved to discuss politics while having a cup of coffee which led to a lot of political activism. Nevertheless, coffee soon became one of the main trading commodities just like spices, chocolate, and tea.
That trade chain became a bond between continents and countries. There were coffee houses in the Middle East over a hundred years before they actually appeared anywhere in Europe.
Despite controversy, they managed to spread around the world quickly. By the year of 1663, there were more than 83 coffee houses just in London alone.
London started to flourish since many wanted to visit those houses and enjoy a cup of this fascinating warm drink. The biggest travellers and writes and noblemen described coffee houses as one of the greatest pleasures of the city.
With coffee houses being established all over the world, people started to visit them at least once a day. Soon, coffee became a thing of industries and everyone wanted their share of the prize.
It is important to know that the coffee shops from the past were quite different from what we see today. Coffee was usually served in pubs or taverns, long time before it got its own space. Today, coffee shops are found on every high street in the country.