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Social Distinction in the Coffeehouse

The recent rise of the third-wave coffee culture represents a worldwide change in the perception of the common place commodity of coffee, an everyday beverage, and also a part of thriving, grinding, billion-dollar industry.  This article reviews some of the existing scholarly literature relating to coffeehouses and social distinction. It begins with the literature on coffee itself as a vehicle of consuming difference and then goes on to look at studies of the relationship between coffeehouse and social distinction.




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