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As we celebrate the annual UK Coffee week, Niamh Walsh discusses the history of 'coffeehouse' culture in Britain, and Kevin Pilley introduces the first ever Nespresso Eco Pod Advent calendar.

Since the 17th century, coffeehouses have been central to British cafe culture, depositing political importance due to their popularity as places of debate. Known as "penny universities", the crowds that they attracted were synonymous of scholars and students alike, and anyone with a penny could enter and sit in on a lecture or have access to books or print news. Coffeehouses boosted the...

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