A History of Coffeehouses in the Turkish Ottoman Empire since the 16th Century

The tradition of the Ottoman coffeehouses was exported to the other European empires where coffee became a staple. Curated/Reviewed by Matthew A. McIntoshPublic HistorianBrewminate Introduction The Ottoman coffeehouse, or Ottoman Café was a distinctive part of the culture of the Ottoman Empire. These coffeehouses, started in the mid-sixteenth century, brought together citizens across society for educational, social, and political activity[…]

Brewminating: The Social, Ecological, and Cultural Conscience of Coffee

Growing coffee beans with respect for the environment and the workers. By Caleb Brown Social Conscience Overview Coffee is the second-most traded commodity in the world after oil. Just as consumers of energy need to be conscious of the sources of their energy in the face of increasing climate change, consumers of coffee must also[…]

Brewminating: Imperialism in a Coffee Cup

Coffee growers in other countries earn very little or the hard labor both they and their children provide. By John SmithAuthor Introduction Mainstream politics in Europe and North America is increasingly divided into two hostile camps: on one side are conservative reactionaries who glorify imperialism and wish to resurrect it, on the other are avowedly[…]

Traveling Brew: The Coldest Brew – Tonx Aeropress Prep in Antarctica

Great coffee shouldn’t be dictated by geography. By David Hochman I’ve been known to go the extra mile for a great cup of coffee. This week, I went to the farthest ends of the earth for one. Onboard Lindblad Expeditions National Geographic Explorer and with an assist from the folks at Tonx Coffee in Los Angeles, I enjoyed the finest[…]

Brewminating: The Science behind the Perfect Cup of Coffee

Its chemical composition, flavor and shelf life, as well as the uses for coffee grounds after brewing. By Dr. Gabriel Keith HarrisAssociate ProfessorFood, Bioprocessing, and Nutrition SciencesNorth Carolina State University Introduction Coffee is a popular beverage around the world. About half of consumers drink coffee brewed from grounds. The other half drink instant coffee. In[…]

Bean Press: Having One Strong Cup of Coffee before Exercise

A study showed effectiveness in fat oxidization. By Daily News Coffee Staff New research suggests that the coffee consumption might be used as a tool to maximize fat-burning during aerobic exercise. Researchers based at the University of Granada in Spain found that the consumption of about 3 milligrams per 1 kilogram of body weight, or “the equivalent[…]

Traveling Brew: A History of the Parisian Café

Coffee was introduced to Paris in 1644, and in 1672 by Pasqua Rosée, who opened the first café in Paris on Place Saint-Germain. Curated/Reviewed by Matthew A. McIntoshPublic HistorianBrewminate Parisian cafés serve as a center of social and culinary life in Paris. They have existed since the 17th century, and serve as the meeting place, neighborhood hub,[…]

Roast Review: Café Britt’s Costa Rican Tres Ríos Valdivia

The Tres Ríos coffee growing region of Costa Rica produces some of the finest coffee in the world. By Brian LokkerCoffee Crossroads Are you looking for an “easy drinking” medium roast coffee? Café Britt’s Costa Rican Tres Ríos Valdivia blend should definitely be on your radar screen. Tres Ríos combines flavors of plum, allspice, and orange citrus[…]

Common Ground: From Sobriety to a Coffee Shop in Wisconsin

Integral to funding and opening the shop was the owner’s sobriety. By Olivia RichardsonAudio Storyteller88nine Radio MIlwaukee Early this winter, signs with bright yellow striping resembling the rays of the sun started popping up at the corner of Center Street and Fratney Street in Riverwest. The signs read “you are loved,” “ride bikes,” and “have[…]

Bean Press: Coffee Science with Chandler Graf

The integration of science in the art of brewing coffee. Presentation by Chandler GrafThird-Year Medical StudentTexas Tech University Chandler majored in undergraduate biochemistry and is currently a third-year medical student at Texas Tech University. Fortunately for us, he is also a former barista with Beltway Coffee Co. in Abilene, Texas! Here is his Ted talk[…]

Traveling Brew: Literary Coffee Shops around the World

Here are seven great literary cafes from around the globe. By Nicholas Parker Introduction Writers and coffee go together like espresso and steamed milk. Everywhere you look, there’s a writer plugging away on their laptop in a cafe, usually with a steaming cup of joe by their side. Caffeine stimulates the brain and increases productivity—something I know because[…]

Roast Review: Agora Coffee in Houston

Espresso in a Houston namesake of the ancient Greek marketplace. By Matthew A. McIntoshPublic HistorianBrewminate Introduction Nestled comfortably off busy Westheimer in Houston is a cozy nook to sip your coffee and read a book or have a nice conversation with friends and even strangers – Agora coffeehouse of Houston. It’s an interesting name, and[…]

“Third-Wave” Coffeehouses as Venues for Sociality

Authentic sociality flourishes in these places as seen by baristas and their interactions with customers. By Dr. John ManzoAssociate Professor of SociologyUniversity of Calgary Abstract Contemporary social life is often depicted, in and out of the social sciences, as an ever-worsening subterfuge of alienation, ennui, and the systematic destruction of traditional, human-scaled, publicly-accessible, “organic” sociality[…]

Newspapers, Gossip, and Coffeehouse Culture in Early Modern England

How the coffeehouse came to occupy a central place in 17th and 18th-century English culture and commerce. The drinking of coffee is a familiar feature of modern life, little-remarked on as part of our busy morning routines. The coffee-house though, traces its history back over more than 300 years, and offers a fascinating insight into[…]

Conversation and a Cuppa Joe: Coffeehouse Culture Today

Elements of modern coffeehouses include slow-paced gourmet service, alternative brewing techniques, and inviting decor. Introduction Coffee culture is the set of traditions and social behaviors that surround the consumption of coffee, particularly as a social lubricant. The term also refers to the cultural diffusion and adoption of coffee as a widely consumed stimulant. In the[…]