In Boston, 1777, during a shortage of coffee and sugar, a crowd of over 100 angry women marched to a wealthy merchant’s warehouse, demanded the keys, and grabbed him by the neck when he refused. They opened the doors, loaded up carts with coffee, and left.
Hugh Jackman started his own coffee brand and foundation called “Laughing Man” after meeting a struggling coffee farmer in Ethiopia. His goal was to provide a marketplace for farmers in developing countries to sell their goods for a fair price. Jackman donates 100% of profits.
Early coffee shops in England were frequented by students, philosophers, and other intellectuals who engaged in reasoned debate on the latest issues of the day. The shops charge a penny for admission and were dubbed “Penny Universities” for the alternative form of education they offered.
The earliest accounts of coffee drinking date back to 15th century Arabia. When coffee spread to Europe, some people called it a “Muslim drink” and wanted it banned, but it became widely accepted after the Pope tried a cup, liked it, and deemed it a Christian beverage.