Nov

21

 Some time ago on this site there had been discussions about the important role of coffee and caffeine in Western culture. The article   "Bringing the Buzz Back to the Cafe" on p. W3 of today's WSJ, which discusses the important role of the coffeehouse in Western culture, is very enjoyable. It's common knowledge that Lloyd's of London began in a coffeehouse, but I was unaware, as the article states, that "the London Stock Exchange itself began with a newsletter John Castaing distributed in 1698 at Jonathan's [coffeehouse]."

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