This week in our Time Travel series, we’re sipping our way through the history of cafes.
Your caffeine addiction is nothing new; people have been enjoying coffee and the inspiration it strikes for about 500 years. Soon after the first coffeehouses emerged, patrons visited to partake in and listen to the debates and conversations that brewed alongside the warm brown liquid.
Cafes quickly became haunts for intellectuals, whose discourse helped spawn progress such as revolutions, new technology and books and the Enlightenment. Centuries later, cafes became havens for artists, writers and performers spanning from the Lost Generation to emerging folk singers.
Towards the end of the 20th century, specialty coffee gained momentum and fueled the rise of franchises. The most recent changes to cafes entail the way coffee is prepared, ranging from quick, self-serve machines to slow, ethically brewed cups.
Flip through the gallery above to see how coffee and cafes changed the world.
Sarra Sedghi is a freelancer based in Athens, Ga.