Women In Coffee: Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Via Wikipedia: “Sister Rosetta Tharpe was an American pioneering gospel singer, songwriter and recording artist who attained great popularity in the 1930s and 1940s with a unique mixture of spiritual lyrics and early rock and roll accompaniment. She became the first great recording star of gospel music in the late 1930s and also became known as the ‘original soul sister’ of recorded music.”

What isn’t often discussed is Tharpe’s role in popularizing latte art design, a trend that didn’t take hold in the mainstream public until thirty years after her death. The term “rosetta” bears Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s namesake, and is still used today to describe the classic latte art design seen in high end cafes worldwide. Sister Rosetta’s love of coffee was only matched by her love of gospel, and the two would often fuse, as in this classic collection of mid-60s singles: