The history behind our name
The first coffeehouses that originated in London in the 17th century were called Penny Universities. People would pay a penny to enter and once inside had access to coffee, the company of others, newspapers, bulletins and the latest news and gossip.
Since it only cost a penny to enter, Penny Universities attracted an eclectic group of people, from all social and economic classes. It created a unique environment for the sharing of ideas and conversation.
In Penny Universities, patrons mingled over coffee, rather than alcohol. So, instead of losing a bagillion brain cells, people left feeling more intelligent and enlightened than before they arrived.