If you could travel back in time where would you go? As for me, I would love to visit the coffee houses in the past and order my favorite cup of joe.
Coffee has been around for about a hundred or maybe thousands of years. And most probably, coffee houses were also built and had served one of the most loved drinks in the world.
Since we can't travel back in time now, let us just visit it through this blog. We'll share with you the oldest coffee shops that are still brewing nowadays.
It was in 1475 when the first known coffee shop was built in Constantinopole (Istanbul) in Turkey named KivaHan. Then, it was only in 1645 when coffee shops start to arise in Western countries.
There might have been lots of coffee houses built during past centuries, but only a few have made it until this day.
Café Le Procope: Paris, France (1686)
It was in 1686 when an amazingly majestic coffee shop was built in Paris by a Sicilian Chef, Procopio Cutò. Café Le Procope is considered to be the world’s oldest establishment that serves coffee for well-known people such as Voltaire, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and many others.
Caffè Florian: Venice, Italy (1720)
It was 340 years later, and this coffee shop in Italy is surprisingly brewing one of the finest coffees even today. Caffe Florian has been serving people that we have only met in history books such as Lord Byron, Proust, and Charles Dickens.
The original name of it was Alla Venezia Trionfante, but they have soon re-named it after its founder Floriano Francesconi.
Antico Caffè Greco: Rome, Italy (1760)
The 260-year-old coffee shop was established by Nicola Della Maddalena and was the second oldest in Italy after Caffe Florian. According to history, most of the famous literary authors have created their masterpieces in Antico Caffè Greco, including Charles Dickens, Hans Christian Andersen, Mark Twain, Lord Byron, John Keats, Mary Shelley, Goethe, and Orson Welles.
Café Central: Vienna, Austria (1876)
You can find Café Central at the heart of Vienna, which suggests its name. It is considered one of the historical landmarks of Vienna, which serves not only the traditional coffee but also varieties of pastries and dishes.
Caffè Reggio: New York, U.S.A. (1927)
A small coffee house located in Greenwich Village was founded in 1972 by Domenico Parisi, which has been known for bringing the first espresso machine in the United States. Caffè Reggio was also believed to be the coffee shop who has introduced the ‘original cappuccino’ in America.
Although there have been coffee shops around the world today, these heritage reminds us how coffee connects everyone may it be with each other, with literature, and even history.