Geography of Coffee Shops

Geography of Coffee Shops

According to the Small Business Development Center, 77% of Americans drink coffee daily and 66% of them buy their coffee from a coffee shop rather than brewing it at home. Not surprisingly then, there were about 20,000 coffee shop businesses in the U.S. with combined revenues of $10 billion in 2011.

Chances are, you have a favorite coffee shop or three in your area that you frequent either on the way to work, or as the place where you get work done or meet with a friend or social group. In this episode, I’m analyzing the history and geography of our beloved classic coffeehouse.

Show Notes

Additional Reading from The Awl:

Residents fighting coffee shops/gentrification:

Mapping Starbucks’ Worldwide Domination:

Social Network Start-up Opening Coffee Shops to Foster Connection Among Users:


Small Business Development Council

Wikipedia has you covered on the history of coffeehouses around the world

Clustering of retail shops, including coffeehouses

Fordism, Post-Fordism, and Coffee from Colorado University

More on the history of coffeehouses from The Economist

Project for Public Spaces on the coffeehouse as neighborhood amenity

Florida State on the connection between coffeehouses and sense of community

U of Virginia on coffee shops’ impact on creativity and entrepreneurship

PBS has some coverage on coffee shops and genius!

Coffeehouses and crime rates, for what it’s worth

Coffeehouses and walkability

Pew Research on coffee shops, internet access, and connection

Starbucks and property values

Speculation, coffee shops, and gentrification

Intentional inclusivity and coffeehouses


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