Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Moorish Coffee Shop



Today's picture shows a Moorish Coffee Shop. The picture was taken in 1899. The coffee shop was located in Algiers, Algeria. I found several pictures like this one, and the interesting thing is, I never saw anyone drinking coffee in the coffee shop. They seem more more interested in those big pipes. I don't know what they were smoking . . . tobacco or something worse?

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  1. Looks like something that could have been taken yesterday, since the garb hasn't changed much over the years. Great photo.

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  2. I understand that their coffee is real strong.
    Maybe they are smoking some kind of "happy weed"

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  3. Didn't they smoke hashish back in those days in Algeria?
    And still may be smoking it.

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  4. These large pipes are called
    hookahs, they are used for smoking very strong tobacco, much stronger than we smoke in the west.
    Cannabis is smoked in Algeria but not in these type of pipes.

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  5. I can't believe there's color in the picture. I would love to taste their coffee.

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  6. "The best part of waking up is Folgers in my cup". That's my favorite coffee so the jingle works for me. I wonder why instant coffee was even thought of. It tastes so bad. I read that it was developed in Chicago in 1901 and introduced in Buffalo at the Pan American Exposition. I guess it was developed because it was a speedy way to make coffee. I'll wait for the slow brew, thank-you. With the speed of the coffee makers today I'm sure that has cut into the instant market quite a bit. Instant is good for camping / hunting, thats about it. Then I drink it just for the effects, not the taste.

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  7. I like all the stuff in the background, the beautiful cups, the cute little pots, the plates, the junk on the shelves - all very interesting.

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