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How Coffeehouses Changed the World

Updated: Oct 2, 2023

Coffee. It's the first thing caffeine lovers consume in the mornings and is a staple for students cramming for their exams all night. Coffee seems to always be in our collective consciousness -- yet, we never seem to wonder about its history. Particularly, the history surrounding the cafés and coffeehouses in which we partake in the beverage. In a relatively recent episode of the Filter Stories podcast, historian Jonathan Morris joins documentarian James Harper, delving into a unique history that spans centuries.

From the forbidden coffeehouses of Turkey to the modern Egyptian cafés during the Arab Spring, many places where one would get coffee were often gathering holes where many discussed and debated, rebelling against the strictures of their times. It's a fascinating, globe-traversing tale -- listen to the episode below.


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