“Kerouac Opened a Million Coffee Bars”

26 Sep


In Wrestling with Starbucks: Conscience, Capital, Cappuccino, Kim Fellner writes:

You could, in fact, argue that it wasn’t Schultz [founder of Starbucks] but author Jack Kerouac who popularized these places in the U.S. psyche. As William Burroughs wrote in 1985, “Kerouac opened a million coffee bars and sold a million pairs of Levis to both sexes.”

I think he may be right.

Kerouac coffee links:::

Beatnik Coffee Shop (a photo)

Kafe Kerouac

Beatnik’s Coffee House and Breakfast Joint in Chico, CA

Beatnik Coffee in Fort Collins

Kerouac Coffee Shop

Beatnik’s Coffee in Roseville, MN




One Response to ““Kerouac Opened a Million Coffee Bars””


  1. The Starving Artists Gulps Down Konditori’s Swedish Coffee | Stephanie Nikolopoulos - July 15, 2014

    […] know that we Swedes love our coffee. You’d also know that coffee is strongly associated with the culture of the Beat Generation and that I’ve written about Jack Kerouac’s coffee habit. But that one of my all-time […]

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