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You’ve Probably Never Heard Of It, But This Coffee Trend From the ’50s is Still Thriving Today

Island Breezes Coffee Cake

Growing up, I heard my grandma use the term “coffee klatch” all the time. “When my girls were young, I used to coffee-klatch with the other moms in the neighborhood.” Or, “I’m meeting my friends at the diner for a coffee klatch.” They’d get together for a cup of joe and something to eat, like coffee cake. It was an old-school term that I associated with my grandma, and I thought it was a pastime that ceased to exist these days.

Origin of the Coffee Klatch

The term “coffee klatch” comes from the German word, “kaffeeklatsch,” which translates to coffee (kaffee) + gossip (klatsch). It refers to a group of friends getting together over a cup of coffee, usually at someone’s house. The word “klatsch” has turned into “klatch” or even “clatch” over the years, and both are considered acceptable to use.

Coffee klatches were popular in the 1950s, when it was common for women to stay home with the kids. Ladies would get together with neighbors, discussing the latest updates in everyone’s lives. There would usually be something to munch on, too, like cookies to dunk in your coffee. It was a great …read more

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