If you have a coffee table most likely it is used for more than holding coffee. I was curious where the term coffee table came from, so with a little searching on the internet the origin of the coffee table came from tea tables that were very popular throughout Europe dating back to the early 17th century. They were tall round tables that sat beside a chair or in front of a group setting to which a tea service would be placed to serve family or guests. No one knows for certain when our modern day coffee table came into existence, however J.Stuart Foote, President of the Imperial Furniture Company claims to have invented the first coffee table.
One would think the low tables the Japanese culture has used for centuries would hold true bragging rights.
My family coffee table has been used in numerous ways and sports many scratches and scars of long years of use. On Thanksgiving evening it became the battleground for a card game known as spoons.