Coffee Shop Culture

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Guests: Markman Ellis, Myka Fox, Jaime Fountaine

It seems there was a time in America when gas station coffee, or Folger’s made in a Mr. Coffee would satisfy our morning caffeine craving.  But since the rise of Starbucks, have our expectations of the coffee experience changed? Now anytime we want a tasty cup of joe, we enter the realm of glowing apple logos, earbuds, and textbooks. But the coffee shop has long been an incubator for bohemian discussion and the exchange of ideas. We’ll get a timeline of the rise of coffee houses when we hear from MARKMAN ELLIS, author of The Coffee House: A Cultural History, whose research on the topic dates back to the 17th century. Then, we’ll hear about the coffee house experience of today, from the when we talk with MYKA FOX, a frequent coffee shop patron, and former-barista, JAIME FOUNTAINE.

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