Drinking Coffee: An Institution?


There are a lot of legends around where and how coffee was discovered. It is thought to be from Ethiopia or Yemen. Historically coffee shops were a place where people would meet to talk about politics and ideas, during Les Lumières for example. Nowadays, we drink coffee every day without even thinking about it. The act of drinking coffee has become an institution worldwide. But how is drinking coffee an institution?

Coffee is a practice that applies to individualistic and social situations. It is considered as a fuel that keeps us going, especially in stressful and busy periods of time. It has become a ritual that rhythms the daily life: we have a coffee to wake up, a coffee break in the morning, a coffee after lunch, a coffee in the afternoon, and for some, coffee at night. You can have a break at work, to have a coffee and…

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