27 Feb '13, 6pm

@visitlondon @londonchamber @londonnewsnow Almost 400 yrs before Starbucks London Coffee House culture was born read

Posted by David Styles on 25 February 2013 | 0 Comments In 1971 three men sat down and decided to open a coffee supply company in Seattle which within 40 years would become the largest coffeehouse company in the world. Their choice of name would be prophetic for they chose a fictional seafarer. Their first favoured name was Pequod named after a whaling boat from Moby Dick this was rejected in favour of Starbuck the ship's chief mate. The coffee shop we know today came about after Howard Schultz, who had joined the company the previous year; he travelled to Italy and saw potential to develop a similar coffee house culture in Seattle. Using a coffee house to relax, talk with friends, meet and conduct business might have been novel to Howard Schultz but in London 300 years ago this was precisely what Londoners did in coffee houses. Only of the business conducted would have be...

Full article: http://www.radiotaxis.co.uk/london-s-first-coffee-house/

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