This is a new feature at Scrappy Java Girl blog. Remember in January when I said I had all sorts of new ideas for the blog this year? Yah, I am finally taking the time to sit down and implement some of them! I have wanted to write a weekly blog entry in a “coffeehouse” style for weeks now. Coffeehouse; a warm, inviting place for us to meet over a hot steaming cup of Java…or cocoa, tea, apple cider…I may be a coffee snob but I don’t discriminate. J
Coffeehouses date back to 1475 to a coffee shop called Kiva Han in Turkey. As the Turks conquered and/or moved about the landscape, so did coffee. Britain opened their first coffeehouse in 1652. Italy, Germany, and France soon followed suit. When America was colonized, the coffeehouse was quickly established here also. Not only were the coffeehouses just a gathering spot to drink coffee; they also served as places for vital communication.
(image credit: Serendipity Team )
Why the history lesson, you ask? I just love the idea that all over the world, for hundreds of years, people have been meeting for coffee! Having spent many years in the Seattle/Tacoma area, I can truly appreciate the culture of the coffeehouse. They are a part of the fabric of life there. My favorite one when my kids were young was a mom and pop joint that had a play area and big comfy chairs. Urban Coffee I think it was called. I could meet a girlfriend to catch up on life while the kids played or read books. Someone else did the dishes when we were done too! As the kids get older, the coffeehouse has become a place for me to study, meet for book club, pray with a friend or just relax while waiting for soccer/dance/activities to be finished.
Coffeehouse culture is a diverse and interesting slice of American life. Let’s experiment a little here and see if we can’t develop a little “Bloggy Java Culture” of our own! To start off, share a description of your favorite coffeehouse in a post below. On Sunday I will randomly choose a participant to receive some coffee love via snail mail! (Make sure to leave an e-mail for me to contact you.)