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Coffee is the real reason the enlightenment came about.
The coffeehouse idea is a great idea, but to me it does not explain fully how the enlightenment came about. I believe that the coffee itself is what created the freethinkers by speeding up their minds and making them more innovative. After a cup of coffee I feel as if I can do anything, and it has nothing to do with the environment that I am in that spawns new ideas.