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rjw  ·  1569 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The caffeine curse: why coffee shops have always signalled urban change

It's because it's a luxury item, right? You only go to coffee shops if you have a bit of disposable income. So an increase in coffee shops in an area is a sign of the arrival of wealthier residents.

The part about coffee shops in London being related to certain ways of doing business is interesting, it's pretty common in London for job interviews for startups to be conducted in these places. No idea if it's always been like that