Coffeehouse

I have measured out my life with coffee spoons. 
T.S. Eliot, the writer  

Background

The coffeehouse is an important and distinctive social and cultural institution deeply embedded in modern notions of public opinion and civic society.

We want to look into the changing face of the English establishment for the sale of the hot drink, and draw a portrait of its frequenters, examine and experience the talk they have and taste the social history of coffee. There are a couple of conceptual issues here to address: “What is quintessentially English about drinking coffee and visiting coffeehouses?” andWhat is the future of an English coffee house?”. 

A deeper insight into the subject matter will inevitably reveal some distinctive modes of sociability the English coffeehouse provides. Emphatically called a “Penny University” it was a place for like-minded scholars to congregate, to read, as well as to learn from and to debate with each other. It offered an alternative space for the promotion of virtuosic interests. Therefore, there is a poll to examine some social aspects of coffee consumption, as well as a few games on debating, unusual angles and prompting roles promised.

Layout

  • Scope: 2 get-togethers;
  • Time: 2 hrs each (or as long as we get stuck) starting 6 pm;
  • Days: March 27, April 10;
  • Fee: 10,00 BYN (registration only);
  • Venue: Da Vinci Cafe;
  • Resources: A pre-get-together worksheet will be sent to each registered participant before the event. More resources will be available on site.

* A certificate of completion is available upon request.

See the schedule below for further details and more offers.

The Rules of the English Coffeehouse

April 24, 2019

The Rules of the English Coffeehouse

The Coffee Ring Question

April 10, 2019

The Coffee Ring Question

The Rules of Christmas Tea – January

December 24, 2018

The Rules of Christmas Tea – January

The Rules of Choice

May 23, 2017

The Rules of Choice

The Rules of Party

May 23, 2017

The Rules of Party

The Rules of Consumption

May 23, 2017

The Rules of Consumption

The Rules of Having Fun

May 23, 2017

The Rules of Having Fun

The Rules of Talk

May 10, 2017

The Rules of Talk

The Fundamentals of Pub Etiquette

May 3, 2017

The Fundamentals of Pub Etiquette

The Rules of Beer Choice

April 12, 2017

The Rules of Beer Choice

At Roots of Civilization

April 5, 2017

At Roots of Civilization

You are What You Drink

March 29, 2017

You are What You Drink

Who is Who?

March 22, 2017

Who is Who?

The Rules of Pub Choice

March 15, 2017

The Rules of Pub Choice

Enduring Appeal of the Local

March 1, 2017

Enduring Appeal of the Local