In the Teamraderie experience, we discussed the adoption of ‘coffee and tea’ being a pre-condition to some significant innovations (mathematics, Renaissance, etc.).
We spent less time discussing ‘coffee culture’. As traditionally defined, ‘coffee culture’ is the set of traditions and social behaviors that surround the consumption of coffee. Coffeehouses in Western Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean in the 16th and 17th centuries were not only social hubs but also artistic and intellectual centers.
In more modern times, coffeehouses in Asia, Australia, Africa, and elsewhere have developed unique cultures of their own – and reflect a melding of ‘local culture’ and ‘coffee/tea’s emphasis on social interaction and idea exchange.’
Most of your team members have spent time in other parts of the the world.
What are your favorite elements of ‘coffee culture’ that you’ve seen in other parts of the world? What is a way we could replicate some dimension of that in our own work?