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By: Ryon Watson
Today, if you want to find out the latest business news or stock exchange prices, keep up with entertainment gossip or know reviews about the latest movie or book, where would you go? The answer is pretty simple: you log on to the world wide web or the internet. Around three centuries ago, people used to do the same in coffee shops. There for the price of a cup of coffee, you could read the latest newsletters, catch up on news or gossip, strike a business deal or even have a discussion with other people on literature or politics.

The coffee homes that are today an integral part of the culture and landscape of many modern cities, first sprung up across Europe in the year 1650 and were considered as meeting point for writers, businessmen and scientists. Like the internet today, most of the coffee houses provided various types of information on a variety of topics from business to entertainment to politics. Based on the interest of the customers, the information provided by these units differed from place to place. Further, rumors, news and gossip were also communicated between patrons and owners of coffee owners, increasing the popularity of these units. Sometimes, runners would even run from one coffee-house to the next with major news like outbreak of war or death of a head of state. In other words, coffee houses were centres of communication of different kinds be it scientific, literary. philosophical, commercial etc.

Considered to have originated in the highlands of Ethiopia, coffee beans were initially chewed rather than infused for invigorating effects. During the 15th century, coffee beans spread to the Islamic world where it become popular mainly due to the fact that it served as a good alternative to alcohol which was forbidden within the religion. In addition, coffee came to be regarded as something that used to reverse the effects of alcoholic drinks, sobering rather than intoxicating, stimulating mental activity and heightening perception rather than dulling the senses. Soon, coffee spread to European countries, first as medicine and later as social drinks. They quickly become centers of discussion and soon began an integral part of cultures and traditions all over the world.

Today, coffee shops are as varied and different depending on various factors like quality of coffee available, brands, service and popularity. Most of the coffee homes are now modern in nature and offer a host of facilities like free WiFi, allowing customers to check their mails and read online content, either on their phones or laptops. Further, espresso bar which is a type of coffeehouse that specializes in coffee beverages made from espresso are also gaining popularity. After having originated in Italy, these espresso bars have now spread to numerous countries around the world in various forms. These units are generally centered around a long counter with a high yield espresso machine (usually bean to cup machines that are either automatic or semi-automatic pump type machine, although they can be manual as well) and a display case having various eateries like pastries and sandwiches. Additionally the best and most varied coffee shops today have a variety of drinks like espresso, flavored coffee, cappuccino and cold coffee. With so many facilities and options, it is no wonder that the popularity of these coffee shops are increasing by the day.

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