Coffee Windows: A Sociological Study

ImageNothing says Cuban like a small thimble-full cup of that sweet nectar known as cafecito Cubano.  The most quintessential place to grab a quick jolt of that energizing nectar is the ubiquitous coffee window, in Miami, of course.  Much to my chagrin, I haven’t encountered these convenient purveyors of cafecito outside of Miami.  I’ve always wondered about the historical evolution of las ventanitas de cafe and why I haven’t encountered any other culture, in the States and in my limited travels abroad, with this architectural phenomenon.  My personal thesis is that these coffee windows are a cultural legacy of the ground-floor food establishments common in Europe in the Middle Ages.  In a future blog post I hope to shed some light on the sociological evolution of the ever-important coffee window – at least for those in Miami who require their daily infusion.  And for those of us who  have to bear an existence without them, the best we can hope for is a strong colada made at home that rivals the ones enjoyed at las ventanitas in Little Havana.

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