Coffee by mid-17th Century

Coffee by mid-17th Century


By the Mid 17th Century Coffee arrived on the shores of England.
Around 1650 the first coffee house in England was opened by a Jew in the county
of Oxford in a the St Peter Parish. The coffee house was named The Grand Cafe.

Several years later a Greek gentleman Pasqua Rosée opened the first coffee house in London. For many literate gents coffee houses became what we refer to today as the internet. As it was in these coffee houses where the latest news was to circulate and be discussed.

In the next 25 years approximately 3,000 coffee houses were to open just in England. Some of these also provided and bed and breakfast for overnight patrons.

Men Only
The only women allowed into coffee houses were prostitutes. This caused much angst among women folk and lead to Mary Astell writing an essay in 1696 titled "An Essay in Defense of the Female Sex" in it she wrote

“A coffee house habitue is someone who lodges at home, but he lives at the coffee-house. He converses more with newspapers, gazettes and votes, than with his shop-books, and his constant application to the public takes him off all care for his private home. He is always settling the nation, yet could never manage his own family.”

This was just an addition to a petition which started in 1674 "The Women’s Petition Against Coffee" that stated among other things that the men were neglecting their domestic duties for a black, thick, nasty, bitter, stinking nauseous puddle water”

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Extracts and quotes come from Coffee: A Drink for the Devil, published by Amberley Publishing, 2016.
by author Paul Chrystal

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