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History lesson

Coffee has been a part of workplace culture for a very long time

Coffee first made its way to Europe in the 17th century and quickly became popular among the elite. The coffeehouses of London and Paris became places for the wealthy to gather, discuss politics, and exchange ideas. These coffeehouses were the birthplace of modern-day journalism, with newspapers being read aloud to the patrons.

In the 19th century, coffee began to make its way into the workplace. At this time, coffee was still a luxury, and it was typically only consumed by the upper class. However, as the Industrial Revolution began to take hold, coffee became more widely available, and its consumption began to spread to the working class.

In the early 20th century, coffee breaks became a standard part of the workday. Employers recognized that providing their workers with a break and a cup of coffee could increase productivity and morale. This practice continued through World War II when coffee was included in soldiers' rations. After the war, coffee consumption in the workplace continued to grow, and coffee breaks became a common practice in many offices and factories.

In the 1960s and 1970s, coffee consumption continued to increase, and coffee became a symbol of the counterculture movement. Coffeehouses, like the ones that had existed in Europe centuries earlier, began to pop up in cities across the United States. These coffeehouses were places for artists, musicians, and intellectuals to gather, exchange ideas, and enjoy a cup of coffee.

In the 1980s and 1990s, coffee became even more mainstream with the rise of coffee shop chains like Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts. These chains made coffee more accessible and affordable, and they quickly became popular with both workers and students.

Today, coffee is an integral part of workplace culture. Many offices have coffee machines and offer free coffee to their employees. Some companies even have baristas on staff who can make a variety of specialty coffee drinks for their employees.

In recent years, there has been a trend towards more sustainable and socially responsible coffee consumption. Many companies are now offering fair trade and organic coffee options, and there has been a push toward reducing waste by using reusable coffee cups.

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Did you know Starbucks wasn't always a cafe?

When Starbucks Coffee opened its doors in 1971, it wasn't the bustling cafe that customers recognize today. Once upon a time, the coffee retailer sold whole beans, teas, spices, and home brewing equipment at Seattle's Pike Place Market. The company's founders wanted the people of Seattle to enjoy a superior coffee-drinking experience, so they partnered with Peet's from Berkeley, California. The gourmet coffee company gave Starbucks the recognition and reputation they needed to start roasting their own beans. It wasn't until 1982 that Starbucks began selling brewed coffee at its fifth retail location. In 1983, marketing director Howard Schultz visited Italy and tasted his first latte. At that moment, he realized Starbucks' future was in espresso beverages. When he and a group of investors purchased the company in 1987, they fully embraced the coffee house culture. Blended Frappuccinos joined the roster of drinks in 1995, and 2003 saw the introduction of the infamous Pumpkin Spice Latte. The company's business flourished, paving the way for Starbucks' success as an iconic coffee retailer.

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