CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

August 6, 2008

PROCOPE CAFÉ, PARIS Part 2

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS
PROCOPE CAFÉ, PARIS Part 2

To read Procope Café Part 1 click on: PROCOPE CAFÉ, PARIS: Part 1—Finding photographs: An International Adventure

The Procope’s history is closely linked with eighteenth century revolutionary ideas.
 
Sicilian Francesco Procopio dei Coltelli opened Le Procope, a café/ice cream establishment, in 1686. He may (or may not have) adopted the name Procopio from the historian Procopius.

The opening marked the beginning of some serious coffee drinking in Paris.

Procope was originally marketed as a lemonade shop, and its sumptuous décor combined with its air of sophistication attracted a clientele keen to distance itself from the more loutish elements of the day. The name “café” was given to the establishment only when (more…)

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