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A Brief History of The Big Steep

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In the late 1700s people in servitude to their respective monarchies and oligarchies began to question exploitive conditions and revolt against harsh treatment. Around the world there were revolutions; new ideas and new thoughts were discussed. There were revolutionsin Scotland, the Caribbean, The Americas, Russia and France. People grew tired of monarchal and empirical control. The people wanted fewer restrictions, but the few at the peak of their respective pyramid systems tightened their grip and increased their hold. Revolt was a result of constant repression, restriction and exploitation.
Monarchal exploits had initiated global shipping institutions and distant trade. Monopolization and institutionalization expanded all around the world. The Sun never set on the British Empire and other European monarchies violently tried to keep up. The world was becoming globally interdependent. Institutions were not only pronounced as bigger than life, but were global entities.

To question the authority of oligarchical institutions and monarchies was a veritable death sentence in most places at the time. To suggest that their power was not absolute and not absolutely via God, could get one absolved of life. Yet people the world over began to question them. At first in whispers over tea, people began to question the status quo. Eventually people boldly and loudly questioned the institutions among them. People broke free from the shackles of fear holding their tongues and soon exclaimed their questions and answers.

FACT: Caffeine is a psychoactive stimulant. In small doses it can have a positive effect on one's physical performance and stimulate mental focus. It also produces faster reaction time and heightened short term memory.

It is hypothesized that caffeine and the cafà were essential in the advent of free thinking and open communication of enlightened ideas, ideas of liberty. The cafà provided just the right stimulant, in just the right environment enabling questions and discussion of answers and ideas. The cafà was a gathering place for the local community to come together and communicate. Ultimately a cafà may have been the first place where people openly proclaimed their resentment of monopolization and special privileges of the royalty, nobility and clergy.


3000 BC: Chinese began steeping and drinking tea. Yerba matà and cocoa consumed by South Americans for unknown thousands of years.

~1500 AD: The Sufis began to drink coffee to stay awake and meditate.

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