Turkish coffee house, coffee, cafe, 17th century

Everywhere coffee was introduced, coffee houses sprang up, often to the dismay of more pious Muslims. In almost every country where coffee houses flourished throughout the Middle East (and later Europe), there is a history of attempts to suppress them as places full of dangerous radical behaviour and ideas.

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It was less than 200 years ago that people first figured out that the buzz they got from coffee and tea was the same buzz, produced by the same chemical agent.

Frederick the Great

Why was coffee banned by Frederick the Great? Why should such a civilised man have written a proclamation in 1781 that coffee should only be sold to the nobility?

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To be able to join the pantheon of specialty coffees, the fundamentals of a new coffee's taste must be sound, and preferably distinctive. It should certainly have no harsh flavours, no 'off' notes.


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The vending machine helped facilitate the institutionalization of that most venerated America tradition, the coffee break. In fact the phrase was the 1952 invention of the Pan American Coffee Bureau.


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The first coffee house in any great Western city was apparently set up in London in 1652, and it came about by chance.

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While caffeine is a potent stimulant of the central nervous system, its relative theobromine shows little such stimulation.

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