Whether you live in the suburbs or at the heart of the city, chances are, you have a favorite coffee shop. Nowadays, it seems like they’re everywhere. Even the poorest neighborhoods would boast of one. But that’s not surprising. After all, you can get a good cup of Joe in a cozy atmosphere at a reasonable price. And in most shops, there’s free internet, a nice view, as well as friendly people.
But did you know that coffee shops represent a lot more than good local brew?
Coffee in History
Ethiopians had been cultivating and brewing coffee as early as the 9th century. But it was the Ottomans who would later build the earliest coffee shops that would become popular hangout places today. In fact, it’s said that the first record of a coffee shop dated back to 1475 in Istanbul (formerly Constantinople).
The coffee-obsessed Ottomans were even known to build luxurious coffee shops in cities they conquered, not just to show power, but also to demonstrate civility. Some of these joints featured beautiful terraces, offering magnificent views of the river or city walls. There were also lamps that burned bright into the night, to encourage more drinking. Turkish coffee was black, unfiltered, and not for the faint of heart.
When Queen Elizabeth I created trade relations between Britain and the Ottomans, coffee shops found their way for the first time in the shores of the West. But believe it or not, it was received with open arms. While there were people who instantly fell in love with the drink, there were others who thought it was vile. This divided the people of England and made coffee shops controversial.
The trade boom of the 1650s gave the British people more disposable income. And along with this boost came more coffee shops. Folks were looking for an alternative to taverns, and a coffee shop provided not just a hot drink, but also during that time, an intellectual conversation.
Some notable personalities who enjoyed coffee included Voltaire, Beethoven, and Teddy Roosevelt. In fact, Benjamin Franklin was known to hang out in coffee shops in London way before it became fashionable. Here he would play chess, hold political meetings, and simply listen to conversations.
Today, neighborhoods with coffee shops are not only sought after, they are often preferred. And with affordable food, delicious local brews, plus chances of a thrilling exchange, they’re not going away anytime soon.
For those who love their Joe, here are some hip coffee shop photos for you.
Coffee Shop Photos
Wooden spoons of different sizes placed in a cup for sale in a coffee shop.
Close-up shot of condiments and seasoning inside a wooden box.
Close-up shot of an old chair with a petroleum sign.
Monin toffee syrup placed next to other syrups at the bar.
Closed sign hanging at a coffee shop in Thailand.
Close-up shot of a lucky Chinese cat figurine with a dark blurry background.
Man working on his laptop at a local coffee shop in Thailand.
Close-up shot of a dark shell texture.
Close-up shot of soft drink cans inside a commercial refrigerator.
Reddish brown wooden spoons for sale.
Coffee beans inside a coffee grinder at a coffee shop.
Delicious cappuccino with cocoa powder on top.
“Keep Smiling and Carry On” written with red letters on a white sign.
Close-up shot of a black stone texture.
Mercator projection map in black and white at a coffee shop.
Café interior with two empty tables and a man looking at his laptop in the background.