The Coffee Habit: History

Lake Forest Coffee Shop

"Lake Forest Coffee Shop"

The Lake Forest College Forester, 1953, Vol. 55, 13

Lake Forest College Archives

Since its discovery, the world has developed a love affair with coffee. Its addicting and aromatic features made even fearsome Montezuma weak in the knees. Since its introduction into European society during the 17th century, people have become enamored by its bitter taste and stimulating effects. In fact, the stimulant properties of coffee have played a unique role in shaping its history. It is said that an Ethiopian goat herder was the first to discover coffee after noticing that his goats, upon eating the coffee berries, were exceedingly alert and unable to sleep at night. As a substance high in brain stimulating caffeine, it comes as no surprise that coffeehouse, like Lake Forest’s Java City have become synonymous with university study.

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