Coffee House Culture

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Coffee House Culture

Coffee House Culture ImageCoffee houses have served as cultural gathering grounds since coffee has been sold. Men, women, artists, poets, political activists and almost every other social group have used coffee houses as a catalyst which provides the spark of imagination and debate.

Why then do I feel like an essential part of our social collective is slowly being burned into oblivion one corporate coffee shop at a time? I really don’t care if Starbucks charges $1, $4, or even $10 for a cup of coffee.

What concerns me is the cultural apathy that is growing within so many coffee shops today. I can’t remember the last time I went for a cup of coffee and heard someone reading poetry, or playing an instrument, or having a group discussion. Instead my memories seem sanitized and devoid of culture beyond the cup of coffee I was ordering.

There can be little debate that the revitalization of culture within the coffee houses we frequent will require our direct efforts. So here is my challenge to you — find a way to facilitate a cultural rebirth at your favourite coffee shop.

Figure out a way to get a group of strangers together to sit down, have some coffee and discus a topic. There are many options available, all that it takes is a conscious decision on your part to make it happen, and it will.

Share with us your successes and failures, a wise person once said:

Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

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