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Coffee Shops

By Edited Jun 7, 2016 0 4

Going Out for Coffee

Cup of Coffee Out

Coffee shops are not a new idea; they are not a resent idea either.  The coffee shop dates back many, many centuries to the middle-east.  It was there where coffee found its way into drink form that the coffee shop was born.  It was there that as coffee grew in popularity as a drink.  It was there that the idea have going to a specific place for coffee and conversation finds its roots.


From the middle-east coffee and coffee shops spread to continental Europe and then to Great Britain.  Not only was good conversation to be found with the coffee, but new ideas were floated and business was transacted.  A great example of this is Lloyd’s of London which was established in a coffee house owned by Edward Lloyd in the 1688. 


Coffee became the American drink around the time of the American Revolution because England was taxing tea so heavily.  From that time coffee became the drink of choice in restaurants, inns and where ever dining was offered.  It continued into the dinners and fast food places of the twentieth century and is with us today in our modern version of the coffee shop.


The modern coffee shop is vastly different in what it has to offer.  The original coffee shops offered coffee plain and simple.  When decaffeinated coffee became available products such as Sanka were offered where ever coffee was sold.  Then in the 1990’s flavored coffee became popular with the last decade seeing an explosion of flavors.


Dunkin Donuts is probably the most nationally recognized of the modern coffee shops with its French vanilla and hazelnut flavors leading the way.  Now a customer can order blueberry, pumpkin, and gingerbread among the many offerings.  Then there is Starbuck’s which goes after the market seeking a stronger coffee with different blends of beans.  Each has a strong but very different customer base.  There is a third nationally recognized chain; the Canadian based Tim Horton’s.  This chain has made great in roads in the mid-west blending the two other company ideas to find a middle ground between them.  They don’t appear to go in for a lot of the flavorings like Dunkin Donuts, but their coffee is not as strong as Starbucks. 


There are also an abundance of small, local chains and independent coffee shops across this country.  Many of the Photo Mat booths in strip mall parking lots were bought and turned into drive thru coffee shops.  Many more coffee shops were built out right using this idea.  Other coffee shops have found locations in a variety of available spaces from banks to houses to small retail space.  The offerings of these shops can be as varied as the buildings that house them.


One of my favorite local chains here on the south shore of Boston is Marylou’s.  This chain now has twenty-nine locations.  They make a good cup of coffee to start with but that is not the draw.  When you take a look at their menu you are not sure if you’re in an ice cream parlor or at a candy bar counter.  They have so many flavors.  Do you like Butterfinger candy bars?  They have and Butterfinger coffee.  They also have the upscale treats and like most coffee shops, sell mugs and such with their logo.  This chain is a fun place to go.


Then there are the independent shops.  They all have their loyal following for many reasons.  Some of these shops follow the Starbucks model and others the Dunkin Donuts model.  Yet others will use the Marylou’s model.    These types of coffee places in this area of the country tend to be gathering places or they tend to be places in office buildings that house many different companies. What ever the owner is good at and what ever the customer base demands these independent shops fill those needs in their communities.


So next time your out give that independent coffee shop a try or check out one of the chains whether a local one or a national one.  Find out what all the buzz is about.  Pick up a bag of your favorite flavor or blend from one of the coffee shops and enjoy a great cup of coffee at home!



May 21, 2012 1:12pm
Kathy, my cousin married a guy from the Middle East and he taught her how to make Turkish Coffee which looks really good. I haven't tried it but I hope to one day. Now you have me craving coffee so I'm off to fix a pot. :) Another great post!
May 21, 2012 5:49pm
Leah, thank you for reading. It's great to see you in here. My daughter found Dunkin Donuts Strawberry Shortcake coffee in Wal-Mart and we are on the third bag. Don't know why they don't offer it in the shops.
May 21, 2012 2:16pm
Hi Kathy and congrats on your 'new and exciting venture into the world of Infobarrel'! And coffee is always a good topic to those of us out and about for the 'white collar/blue collar working stiffs - LOL! You might never have a particular thought about the current topic of conversation among a few people or maybe a group of ten or less but you can bet that 'coffee' will eventually be 'tossed out there' as another topic of discussion. Why? Because for some of us, we just can't get the 'old motor running' - namely our bodies - in those early morning hours getting ready for work and need that strong 'cup o' joe' to start our day. My husband makes his coffee so strong that you could stand a spoon in it (not really but oh how awfully black and STRONG) and he swears he can't get going with his day without that 'elixer of life' for the working stiff! I started drinking coffee at a late age of 19 when I stepped out into the working world and a cup was constantly in my hand while trying to do my clerk typist job - not an easy thing to do!

So Kathy, you just keep the 'coffee' tales coming - no matter what venue - because the workin' world runs on java and you are definitely our 'Queen of the May' here with your wisdoms, fantastic information delivered in such a terrific way to those of us who are so grateful to you for bringing the 'world of java' here to us today!

Thanks again Kathy and keep up the good work - we are all supporting you in your endeavor here!

Barb R
May 21, 2012 5:54pm
Barb thank you for your kind comments. I like writing these articles. Now if my muse and the research would come together a little more often we would be all set. Thanks for reading!
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