In 1650, a man named Jacob the Jew opened the first coffee house in Oxford, England. Two years later, the first coffee house opened up in London on St. Michael’s Alley. By 1698, 2,000 coffee houses had sprung up in England owning more retail real estate than any other industry.
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Source: “Coffee In Europe”, http://18.104.22.168/Coffee-Encyclopedia/History/Coffee-in-Europe/ (accessed October 25, 2011).
Image Source: “Discussing the War in a Paris Cafe,” The Illustrated London News, 1870, http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/0a/ParisCafeDiscussion.png/604px-ParisCafeDiscussion.png (accessed December 14, 2011).